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Leisure activities


Leisure activities play a significant role in daily life of overseas students who have heavy burden of study. The purpose of this study was dissect the attitude of international students for leisure activities and examined the reason why they changed their leisure activities after coming to Australia. A questionnaire was designed collectively and distributed to fifty students from the UWS College. The findings indicated that majority of international students chose to do indoor activities instead of outdoor activities after coming to Australia. In addition, students spent less time doing leisure activities in Australia compared to their home country. Future studies should include a wide sample of international students from different age groups and nationalities.


Australia is a popular country which attracts a large number of students from all over the world who desire to acquire a high quality education. For most international students, study has become a heavy burden today so that they should have some leisure activities relaxation. Moreover, leisure activities play a significant role in the life of oversea students. However, most international students have the poor concept of leisure activities. They do not know how to take part in the leisure activities. So many students change their leisure activities after coming to Australia. Thus a research into the change of leisure activities of international students is significant.

Previous research has explored the effects of leisure activities for international students. According to YU et al. (1996), new students who came from china were affected their leisure activities because of psychological, culture barriers and language problems. Moreover, research indicated that most of the international students focused their attention on the main reasons for their travel to the U.S., which were obtaining quality education, improving the outcomes of their study abroad and return migration home (Monica et al. 2006). In addition, Heggins (2007) claims that Asian students generally held a negative attitude toward leisure and put a strong emphasis on work in their everyday lives. Although much research has been done, it is mainly on the leisure activities of high school students and the function of leisure activities. More specific studies need to be undertaken to investigate the possible reason why international change their leisure activities after coming to Australia and find the solution to this problem.

Therefore, the design of this study was to compare the attitude of leisure activities of international students between in Australia and in home country and identify possible reasons for their choice. The hypothesis of this research was that international students changed their leisure activities because of time and money.


A survey about leisure-time activities was conducted on 8th December, 2011 and it investigated international students at UWS College, Westmead Campus. There were fifty respondents, 40% male and 60% female who were studying English at EAPⅢ classes participated in this survey.

The test instrument employed in this study was a questionnaire which consisted of twelve questions. There were two types of questions which included open (i.e. multiple choice and yes or no) and closed-ended questions. All of these questions were divided into three sections ------ demographic, choice and attitude. The first category was designed to elicit demographic samples such as gender age and nationality. The second section was about the choice of leisure activities, for example, the varieties of activities they will choose and the time they will spend. At the end of the questionnaire, the attitudes of students for leisure activities were also surveyed. On the day of the survey, the questionnaires were distributed to randomly selected EAPⅢ international students. During the survey assistance...
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