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To: Paul Grant

From: John Doe

Date: October 2014

Subject: Challenge of foreign students in adapting to their new surroundings in a foreign country.


With globalization and the need to become part of the global network/community more and more persons consider acquiring an education in some of the top universities of the world, most of which are found in western countries. Not all is rosy though as the problem of cultural differences and conflicts have arisen due to the lack of understanding. Those found in the developed countries face an uphill task of ensuring that they not only become acquainted to their new guests every time a different one arrives, but should explain themselves and the task is even more daunting if communication barriers due to different languages are to be brought into the picture. It is with this backdrop that my study will seek to understand the dilemma faced by young people/adults as they seek to get an education in a foreign land. Also, I will try to seek the most feasible solutions that can be recommended to this group of the society.

The benefit this research will bring to its target audience is highly valuable. It has been estimated that there are more young people who have crossed borders to have a foreign education in our period than any other time in recent history as a component of the whole population (Sovic & Blythman, 2012). Since it is a field with information and data available, the research will seek to condense some of this information and data and presented in a manner that can be useful to our young adults as they seek to make this very important life and career changing decision.

The research will take a very short time, not a period of more than one month, and also will require little more resources as what is required, most of it is already available, or can be acquired with ease. Also my experiences as an international student equip me with the necessary background knowledge and skills to handle the area with ease.

The main area of study will be:

  • Challenges of young adults in foreign countries as they seek to adapt to their new surroundings as they get an education in that country.

The research will look at the major challenges that are facing the young adults to get positive experiences. This will be done from surveys/studies that have identified these problems. Further research will look at the place of cultural differences/conflicts issues in the matter. What has been identified as the main challenge by international students are psychological in natures and as identified in Sovic & Blythman (2012) include, “homesickness, loneliness, depression, stress, anxiety, alienation, isolation, and the loss of identity, status and self-value after they come to a new country”.


Areas to be studied

The research will seek to identify and highlight the factors that come into play to determine and influence the experiences for young people while in foreign countries where they have gone to get an education. After this is done, specifically to be considered will be if cultural identity has a bearing on such factors and if present seek to understand the level of influence it bears. Further to be considered towards this objective is if there are mitigating factors that can play against cultural issues and would work towards helping individuals overcome the burden of having negative experiences.

The paper will have an introduction, through which the topics and main areas of interest will be introduced and elaborated upon. Supporting evidence and missing gaps in the information about the topic will be covered in the proceeding chapter of literature review. The methodology will follow a qualitative analysis of secondary data. Data and information from other related research will be used to bolster the positions taken. Data analysis will be towards analyzing the secondary data. After which a discussion will follow and thereafter a conclusion and recommendations on the way forward.

Methods of research

The research will adopt a qualitative approach of study. The researcher will look into previous research related to the topic and explore the information from a variety of sources that have covered the subject matter of interest. The research will base its study on previous research that has been carried out by others and covers some areas relevant to the study for primary data. The remainder will be secondary data acquired through the internet. Tracy (2012) does suggest researchers using qualitative method will be able to open a path for social transformation once they are able to identify a particular issue in the world and then proceed systematically to interpret the data available.


The research is expected to take a duration of one month after the period of its approval.

Week 1 Collection of materials that will be used for the research. This will include bibliographic materials, writing materials and scheduling of time to read, analyze and understand the collected materials. Materials to be used at this point will those broadly covering the research area and will include those even divergent to the subject under review.
Week 2 Determining what will now proceed to be used for the research. The selected materials will undergo further analyzing to determine what will now be used to create the first draft.
Week 3 All data and information sourced from the selected materials will be assembled and analyzed. After which the writing of the first draft and incorporation of all materials will be undertaken. The draft will also be given to a friend to check for mistakes that might escape the researcher. Input will also be sought to see if the report is coherent and flows well.
Week 4 The report for the research will be reviewed and any feedback gotten from friend will be weighed to see if it will be incorporated. Corrections will be made and the final draft created. The research will also be interrogated to see if objectives were met or net. All necessary readjustments and changes will be undertaken during this period.

As an international student, I have the interest in the social connections that people make in everyday lives outside their schools and areas of professional responsibility. My understanding of the dynamics of human interactions and the importance and place of social interaction in the wellbeing of individuals will prove useful to this research.

Request for approval (Conclusion)

The major parts that are relevant to this study or research have been briefly elucidated in the preceding chapters. This is to help guide you and understand the area of interest that will be covered if approval shall be granted. This is not the only reason. The clarifications were made also to elicit your input as it will prove useful and important if this project will be undertaken. So apart from your approval, your inputs will be highly appreciated. Feel free to make suggestions, they will be taken seriously and have a bearing on the research. Thank you for your time and contributions. Looking forward to your kind consideration.

You can reach me at the address below:

John Doe

Phone: 9999999






Sovic, S., & Blythman, M. (Eds.). (2012). International students negotiating higher education: Critical perspectives. Routledge.

Tracy, S. J. (2012). Qualitative research methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, communicating impact. John Wiley & Sons.