Nuruddin Ahmed Masud, Taherun Nesa Suborna, Shamim Hosan, Mohammad Jahid Hassan


The rapid spread of the Covid-19 around the world following the discovery of a new outbreak in December 2019 has completely paralyzed the lives of all people. The main purpose of this study is to observe the experiences and challenges of international students living at Huzhou University during the epidemic. Qualitative methods in a phenomenological manner have been used in the study through which in-depth research has been conducted and data has been collected through semi-structured interviews using purposive sampling. The results of this study showed that, international students have been able to cope with the challenges they have faced such as psychological, academic & social. At the time of the epidemic, they were paralyzed, but over time, they were able to make a living, as well as communicate regularly with peoples close to them.

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