International Counseling Students in Turkey and Their Training Experiences

İLHAN T., Korkut-Owen F., Furr S., Parikh S.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COUNSELLING, vol.34, no.1, pp.55-71, 2012 (ESCI) identifier identifier


This study examines the perceptions and experiences of international counseling students (ICSs) in university training programs in Turkey. A majority of participants reported they had adjusted positively, but did experience problems related to language, food, and customs. Participants largely also thought that the training in Turkey met their expectations, although some stated they desired more counseling coursework and applied experiences. More than half of the ICSs surveyed thought that they would not return to their home countries because of job opportunity problems. The results are considered in relation to counselor training in Turkey and student adaptation in that context.