Reflections on being a student: a home and international perspective

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In this reflective article, I outline my journey as a student from France who moved through a number of learning institutions abroad, to question the essentialism of the concepts of ‘international student’ and ‘international student experience’. I describe how I came to regard myself as a ‘professional international student’ while paradoxically incorporating elements of both the ‘home’ and ‘international’ student identity. I also give an account of some of the challenges encountered at different stages in my learning journey to compare the ‘home’ and ‘international’ experience and examine whether it is‘harder’ to be an international student.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Student Experience Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2018


  • student life
  • international student
  • home student


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