Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.4 December  2015                                          Pp. 231-244

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Difficulties of Saudi Arabian Female Students  Studying English Abroad 

Saleh Alqefari
Saudi Electronic University,
Buraydah : Malaida. Qassim, Saudi Arabia .




Research on the difficulties of international students has  dramatically increased in the last few years. However, there has been very little research on the difficulties of Saudi Arabian females studying abroad. The purpose of the present study is to identify difficulties of Saudi female students studying abroad. The findings clearly indicate that  interaction with and the presence of male students in  classes is the greatest difficulty for Saudi female students studying abroad. It also shows that family sources are the preferred method used by students to seek assistance to overcome the anxiety of studying with male students in foreign countries. Further research is needed for identifying and suggesting the remedies to overcome the difficulties faced by females coming from conservative backgrounds while studying in western countries. I have used the results of interviews and a questionnaire  conducted on Saudi female students who have experience of studying in a foreign country.
Keywords: Culture, English language  Motivation, Saudi Arabian female students , studying abroad


Saleh Alqefari is an English Lecturer at the Saudi Electronic University in Buraidah, Saudi
Arabia. He graduated with a Masters degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies from the
Western Sydney University in Australia, and is currently pursuing further research in applied
linguistics, translation studies and second language acquisition.