Access Type

Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name



Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Kathryn Roberts


This study explores international students’ identities and identity formation within social, educational, and imagined futures, and their study abroad journeys. I look into past, present and future contexts of international students. Qualitative analytic autoethnography and semi-structured interviews are the methodologies utilized. I explore my own experiences around identity and education as an international graduate student, as well as other participants’ experiences. Date were collected from six participants from six countries: China, India, Iran, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Thematic analysis was utilized. The findings revealed that these international students go through an identity journey, where they reflect on their past self and create a new one. Also, the study concluded that identities are multiple, and are continuously ongoing as long as contexts change.