International Students Challenges During the Pandemic in Higher Education

This study was conducted at a post-secondary institution in Southwestern Ontario. International students face various challenges such as language barriers, loneliness, academic challenges, and culture shock. However, these challenges have heightened during the pandemic because of lockdowns, restrictions, online classes, and various programming were either paused or cancelled. During qualitative interviews, international students expressed various academic learning challenges due to blended and/or online learning which was impacting their mental health well-being. Some recommendations are suggested to incorporate intercultural awareness in online and blended teaching. Additionally, it is important to incorporate teaching pedagogies where students can actively participate and own learning.