International Students Coping with Stress

This research paper explores the impact of stress on teaching and learning among first-year BA and foundation degree international students in the creative arts at the University of the Arts, London. It is based on the findings of a project on ‘The Experience of First-Year International Students at UAL’, commissioned by the Creative Learning in Practice Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CLIP CETL). The aims of the project were:

  • To assess the extent to which international students integrate and adapt to a different teaching and learning environment
  • To identify the causes of obstacles to such integration and adaptation
  • To propose ways in which these can be remedied.

141 students from six geographical areas were interviewed in their native languages, along with a benchmark group of 21 home students. The participants ranged across the whole spectrum of creative arts disciplines taught at the six constituent colleges of the University

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