Attitude and Perception Differences among International Students and Local Students: A Case Study of Australia and New Zealand

  •  Abdul Latif    
  •  Nadeem Bhatti    
  •  Ghulam Murtaza Maitlo    
  •  Muhammad Suhail Nazar    
  •  Faiz. M. Shaikh    


This qualitative study was designed to gather information, using focus groups, about Asian international students’ experiences and attitudes toward Australian-New Zealanders, to identify the sources of these attitudes, and to discover methods that could address negative attitudes that Asian students might have towards Australian-New Zealanders students. Data were collected from 200 respondents by using simple random technique at the ratio of 100 respondents each (Asian, and Australian-New Zealander students). A well structured questionnaire was used as a tool to record the responses. This article also underlines perspectives for rethinking research strategies with Asian international students. It was revealed that Asians were “nice” and “friendly” and it was easy to develop friendships with them. Some students suggested that friendships were easier to form with Australian-New Zealanderss than with Asian students because Australian-New Zealanders seemed to be more curious about Asian cultures and expressed their emotions more openly and honestly. The participants agreed that Australian-New Zealanders were not all bad, as they were portrayed in the media.

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