An investigation of the financial and academic problems perceived by Saudi graduate students while they are studying in the United States Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the financial and academic problems perceived by Saudi graduate students while they are studying in the United States. The study also attempted to determine if there were significant differences in the five perceived problem areas among respondents in the various categories identified. The sample for this study was drawn randomly from the total population of Saudi graduate students enrolled in educational institutions throughout the United States during the spring term of 1989. Of the 850 students contacted, 354 students returned usable responses. The instrument chosen for the survey was the Michigan International Student Problem Inventory (MISPI) developed by John Porter in 1962 and revised in 1977. Fifteen null hypotheses were tested. Significant differences were determined by application of the chi-square statistic. The major findings were as follows: 1) The problem areas of most concern to Saudi graduate students were English language, academic records and financial aid. The problems of least concern to Saudi graduate students were found in the areas of admission-selection and health services. 2) Saudi graduate students who have a spouse without an education have more problems and concerns in the English language and financial aid areas than Saudi graduate students with an educated wife. 3) Saudi females and those working towards their master's indicated more problems in the area of academic records. 4) Saudi graduate students who live in non-private apartment or house indicated more problems in the areas of English language and financial aid than their counterparts who live in a private apartment or a house. 6) Students living in the U.S. less than three years had more problems with academic records and English language. Students who did not attend preorientation and those who had their English training after coming to the United States indicated more problems in the areas of admission-selection, English language and academic records. 7) Students who live in a city of population more than 700,000 had more problems in the area of health services.
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