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Raeed Alanazi

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Thesis Committee Chairperson

Diane Ryan, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, CNE

Second Reader

Josette Brodhead, MSN, RN


Besides needing to be academically prepared and financially strong, Saudi nursing students face difficulties while studying in a new country away from family. These difficulties could be due to culture shock, language and education systems barriers during their stay in a new country. The primary aim and purpose of this study is to investigate and explore more about the challenges and barriers that may face Saudi nursing students who are studying in U.S. in both undergraduate and graduate programs and guided by Imogene King's Theory. However, as there are a growing number of Saudi nursing students in the U.S. as well as other developed countries, this research will add many benefits to all Saudi nursing students studying abroad. Saudi nursing students can use this information to know about these challenges and barriers, as well as how to overcome these challenges. The study data was collected electronically via SurveyMonkey within a two-week period in spring 2016. A quantitative, nonexperimental descriptive design used to investigate and describe Saudi nursing students’ academic challenges and barriers. This study found that the language barriers, culture barriers, and educational and learning barriers are the most frequent challenges that the Saudi nursing students faced and the Statistically significant differences were found in challenges based on gender and level of education. Finally, by using a chi-square test, the study found that the majority of participants identified their greatest challenge as education barriers and percentage was (51%) followed by cultural barriers (45%) and language barriers (42%).