Publication Date

Fall 10-27-2018

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of my study was to explore and understand the spaces sponsored international students experience at the University of San Diego. Given that we live in a diverse society, it is important for me to explore and understand the experiences of students who have traveled thousands of miles away from their home country to seek education in the United States. It is important for one to take the time to connect with students from other cultures in order to gain insight on how to better serve diverse student populations. As we come from different backgrounds our stories can be shared with the community and by sharing our personal experiences we are able to have open conversations and connect with others on a more supportive and inclusive level.

My study connected students to each other who were all affiliated with the International Center at the University of San Diego and their particular sponsorship/scholarship program that has funded their education at the university. The purpose of my research was to allow voices of sponsored international students be heard and honored. I hope to share students’ stories with the community about their experiences acclimating to the U.S. education system. The stories compiled allowed me to create a space during my research to offer students to connect with one another in order to provide support and resources.