Higher-degree research being undertaken by Sarifah Nurhanum Syed Sahuri




Dr Rachel Wilson

Thesis title:

A study of Malaysian undergraduate student adjustment in Australia



Project description

Due to the density of foreign or international students in Australia, research on acculturation psychology and adjustment issues has been previously addressed by many social scientists. However, little is known about the adjustment of Malaysian international undergraduate students (MIUSs) in Australia, despite the large proportion of Malaysian students studying here. As such, it is increasingly important to understanding the holistic adjustment experience of MIUSs while living and studying in the host country, which involves three domains: academic, sociocultural, and psychological. In the present research, two phases of a mixed methods study set out to capture and better understand the adjustment experiences of MIUSs in Australia. Specifically, this study has two key aims:

  1. It is a vehicle for a paradigm shift to world view MIUS adjustment experiences holistically within three domains: academic, sociocultural and psychological.
  2. To develop an empirical model and multi-domain measurement of adjustment based on data from MIUSs in Australia that may be applied to other international student groups in future.

Sarifah Nurhanum Syed Sahuri has recently submitted her PhD thesis for examination and is eagerly awaiting her results. She is a Graduate Fellow at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and a registered counsellor of the Malaysia Counsellor Council.


  • Academic Scholarship to pursue a Masters & PhD by Malaysian Government (2012-2017)
  • Postgraduate Student Research Grant, New South Wales (NSW) Institute of Educational Research (2016)
  • SSEAC Conference Fund, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney (2016)
  • Top 5 Finalist of Three minute Thesis Competition, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney (2016)

Professional and community roles

  • Registered Counsellor with Malaysian Counsellor Council, 2015-2017
  • Mendeley Advisor
  • Atlas ti. Student Certified Trainer for Asia Pacific region
  • Secretary, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia Australia (ISMA Australia), 2014-2015
  • Head of Women Department, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia Australia (ISMA Australia), 2015-2016
  • Committee member, Malaysia Postgraduate Student Association, New South Wales Chapter, 2015-2016

Conference presentation