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Phenomenological Analysis of Russian Students Migrations to USA

Student: Yana Fisher

Supervisor: Alexander B. Orlov

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Counselling Psychology. Personality Studies (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2016

The research was aimed to identify the specifics of the academic migration experience of students from Russia to the United States. Data was collected by semi-structured interviews. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of experience was focused on the following aspects related to the experience of academic migration: topics of experiences; experiencing feelings; context of experience; expression and understanding emotions; personal value of the experience of academic migration to Russian students. As a result, it was found that this experience is manifested in the cultural, environmental, social, personal, and academic context. Experiences related to the experience of academic migration, express the attitude of the respondents to the following aspects of the study and stay in the United States: the need to learn, work and express themselves in English; the need to interact with people from other cultures; the ability to integrate into the new society, the establishment and maintenance of close relations; change of residence, and the longing for loved ones at home; the value and features of study at an American university. The personal importance of the academic experience of migration to the United States is characterized by the Russian students the acquisition of a new understanding of the world, growing up, the expansion of cultural horizons, the definition of priorities in life, the establishment of relationships and maintaining existing ones. Key words: academic migration, living experience, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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