Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


College Student Personnel

Major Professor

Terrell Lamont Strayhorn

Committee Members

E. Grady Bogue, A. Gail Bier


The purpose of this study is to ascertain whether participation in the buddy program at a large public research university in the Southeastern United States by international students and students who have studied abroad is perceived to contribute to a keener sense of belonging, elimination of loneliness, and formation of social networks (Cheng 2004). Cheng describes these three aspects as “directly associated with his or her [student’s] sense of community” (p. 221). Through in-depth interviews, the researcher explores perceptions of community between the two populations of students.

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