Vietnamese international students

Andrew Wearring, Huong Le, Rachel Wilson, Rodney Arambewela



Universities are increasingly catering to this wider market, which is especially enticing to institutions given that working, sometime mature-aged students may have deeper pockets and so often prefer to enrol into graduate and/or full-fee paying programs. International students are an important part of this more complete image of the university sector globally today. This paper will explore perceptions of Vietnamese international students studying with regard to their experience on teaching and learning in Australia through series of qualitative interviews. The findings indicate that Vietnamese students struggled with language, assessment, Western teaching and learning style.  Many interviewees felt that local students often lumped them together with other international students, who sometimes had no desire to befriend or even work with them. The paper will provide recommendations on how to improve students’ experience perceived as customers in the higher education context and adds to the current debate on international students’ satisfaction and international education generally.


international students; students’ satisfaction; Vietnamese; student experiences; higher education

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