Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-15-2022


This paper explores the complete journey of International Collegiate Athletes (ICAs) that play basketball at a Division I or II National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) school. This study uses Schlossberg’s (1981, 1984, 1995) transition theory to establish how these athletes navigate moving into college, moving through college, and moving out of college. Through semi structured interviews, the study gives insight into the unique experiences, obstacles, pressures, and successes of ICAs, and provides implications for how the experience of ICAs attending college in the U.S. might be improved. The most important aspect for the success of an ICA at their collegiate institution appeared to be the support from internal sources within their respective colleges (i.e., coaching staff and teammates) and external support from friends and family back in their domestic countries.


NCAA, International collegiate athletes, transition

Document Type




Degree Name

Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science

Level of Degree


Department Name

Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr Edward Horne

Second Committee Member

Dr Todd Seidler

Third Committee Member

Dr Allison Smith