|dc.description.abstract||Background: An important part of the Norwegian higher educational system is international students who
provide benefits through cultural exchange but who also face many challenges. To continue to attract
international students, Norway must provide an environment conducive to their high quality of life, but little is
known about their quality of life.
Aim: The purpose of this study is to compare the quality of life, academic stress, ethnic identity and alcohol
use of Norwegian and international students in Norway and to examine the relationships between these
Methods: An online survey quantified and gathered details from 83 Norwegian students and 111
international students about their quality of life, academic stress, ethnic identity, alcohol use, examinations,
study hours, working hours and demographics gender, age, country of birth, citizenship, employment and
relationship status. The two groups’ quality of life was compared and the relationships between their quality
of life and the other variables were explored.
Results: This study has found out that both international and Norwegian students reported similarities in
their quality of life, alcohol use and ethnic identification but their academic stress levels differed as
International students reported higher cumulative academic stress levels than Norwegian students.
Conclusion: Academic stress may have an important negative effect on the quality of life of higher education
students. This study highlights the need to compare the quality of life, academic stress, ethnic identification
and alcohol use of domestic and international students across the world by conducting a longitudinal study
on the quality of life, academic stress, ethnic identification and alcohol use of university students to suggest
the factors responsible for causing changes in quality of life of university students.||en