Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Daniel Teodorescu, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Barbara Hill, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Jacquita Henderson, Ed.D.


The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to examine the stressors that Saudi students experience while studying in the United States and their impact on academic performance. The study found a considerable amount of stress as a consequence of cultural differences, lack of social integration, the academic environment, and inadequate orientation. Based on the findings, the researcher recommended several strategies for improving the experiences of Saudi students at American universities. These recommendations include better interactions between the staff/administrators and students, more social events for the Saudi students and their families, and more opportunities to interact with American fellows inside and outside the classroom. The researcher also recommends that colleges and universities improve the relevance of course and program assignments for the Saudi students as well as the administrative support, mentoring relationships, and orientation programs they provide to these students.