Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Engineering and Sciences

First Advisor

Sneha Sudhakaran

Second Advisor

Patrick J. Aragon

Third Advisor

Nasheen Nur

Fourth Advisor

Brian Lail


Anxiety in international graduate students is a significant concern for most students planning to move out of their home country to pursue higher education in the United States. The primary purpose of this research is to identify the prime causes of anxiety triggers in the targetted Graduate students, thereby determining a step-wise methodology development to address the causes. The study initially identified a set of graduate students who were voluntarily willing to collaborate and address their concerns anonymously to identify the significant issues faced by current students and alumni of the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida. Several questions were identified for collecting data through student surveys, including age, demographics, behavioral issues, and the analysis of educational methodologies. We conducted a meticulous analysis for survey question generation by considering all ethical considerations, including country-specific and religious emotions. The research helped us identify responses from surveys, which gave us an initial idea of how students experience anxiety and what were the significant reasons that triggered the anxiety. Using the survey results, we concluded that academic pressures, diculties with environment and cultural adaptation, and language barriers are three of the most significant causes of anxiety among students. The study in the current progress emphasizes looking further into the causes to expand more on how to de- velop a methodology that would require the university and administrative authorities to include more resources to accommodate students facing these anxieties in the future. Organizations can utilize methodologies to improve upcoming students’ academic experience and general well-being. The value of accommodating methodology to address students with international anxiety extends beyond the classroom because of the beneficial effect it could have on these students’ lives and, thereby, improve their learning environment.