• Aspirations, motivations and needs of Russian Far East international students pursuing higher education at the University of Alaska Anchorage

      Goldin, Anna V.; Hogan, Maureen; Topkok, Sean Asiqluq; Anthony, Raymond (2020-05)
      The United States has always been the top destination for international college students. However, the number of international students attending the United States higher institutions has decreased within the past three years, while the overall number of international students worldwide doubled in the same period of time. New international enrollments have also decreased in Alaska. This qualitative phenomenological study is an attempt to reveal some valuable insights into motivations, challenges and needs of Russian Far East international students who have studied and who are currently enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Based on the analysis of twenty one surveys and five in-depth interviews, this study provides some insights into factors that informed the decision of international students to pursue higher education in the United States, such as the high quality of education and international recognition of the American diploma, a chance to improve English skills, an opportunity to build international network and to secure potential career abroad, etc. For the American universities, and especially for University of Alaska, this research is an opportunity to better understand the needs of international student community. Also, it can designate areas and potential ways to create a safer and more productive academic environment and increase the international enrollment impacted by shifting social-political environment.