Volume 21 Number 1 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka


Living Alone: The Experiences of Married Single Students in Higher Education
Phanuel Manizabayo & Prema Gaikwad
Prismatic View of Gender Power Relations at the Intersection in Linda Ty-Casper’s Ten Thousand Seeds
Rosemarie Cerbito-Abocot 

Climate Change Advocacy through the Arts: The IMCC Kapagintaw Ethno-Rock 
Reynaldo Openiano Mancia & Helen Sumagang Tejero

Cheating During Examination: Inference on human Capital Quality 
Apolonio I. Machica, Jr., Ma. Rosario P. Abud,  Agnesia A. Machica, & Eliza C. Cabugawan

Acculturation of Children as Experienced by Foreign Mothers Studying in the Philippines 
Janet N. Odhiambo, Flor Marticio, & Eunice Aclan

Emergent Themes in Marketing Theory and Practice Literature from 1957 to 2015: A Systematic Review 
Innocent Sigauke & Kenneth Swansi

The Axiological Relevance of the Tumba-tumba Festival in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines 
Caesar Ziggy Q. Perlas

Wish to WISHCRAFT: A Peek into an Environmentally Friendly School 
Prema Gaikwad & Blessing Obaya

Empowering Persons with Disabilities Through Training and Employment: A Case Study 
Donie Ver Medalla & Bella Marie Medalla

The Sustainability of the Social Responsibility of Canaan Farmers’ Schools:  A Comparative Case Study of South Korea and the Philippines 
Daren Ngadima & Christel Arnaud Ngadima

Big Data, Education, and Social Responsibility 
Yaroslav Ovdiyenko

Fisher-Buyer Trade Relations: An Oppressive Reality 
Max Teody T. Quimilat


International Forum 
Vol. 21, No. 1
June 2018
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497

Living Alone:  The Experiences of Married 
Single Students in Higher Education

Abstract. A recent trend among some families who have recognized their inability to sustain the cost of living and studying abroad, has been to send only one spouse to study first. Such situations have given rise to the phenomenon of married single students pursuing advanced studies abroad. This phenomenological study explored the related decision-making process, effects on their families, impact of the students’ life abroad and their academic performance. The study focused on six students who had experienced this phenomenon in the Philippines, specifically in two provinces. The results of the study showed that such alternative study period of married single students has a negative impact on their life at school as well as on the family left behind at home. The study also pointed to challenges that the personnel of host universities faced in accommodating the single married students’ wish to accelerate their program completion. As coping mechanisms, the participants integrated with the local community as well as the community of their nationality. Coping is also managed through maintaining communication with family through social media, as well as sharing of emotions with fellow single married students.


Keywords: Married singleness, higher education, temporal separation, Philippines, phenomenology, international married singles 



Phanuel Manizabayo, PhD Student
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite, Philippines

Prema Gaikwad, PhD
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite, Philippines


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