Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Education Science and Economic Management (ICESEM 2017)

Enhance the International Students' Experiences in Chinese Higher Education: From the Educational Perspective

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Huijuan Xue
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Huijuan Xue
Available Online October 2017.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/icesem-17.2017.6How to use a DOI?
Keywords
international students' experience; acculturation; Chinese higher education
Abstract
Based on Hofstede's national culture, referring to the theoretical paradigm of 'capital-identity transformation', this paper explores the educational experiences of international students taking Chinese higher education from the perspective of cultural adaptation. It combines the qualitative data from 3 focus groups of 25 international students with the quantitative data from 'Closed Questions' on the Likert Scale. It reveals that students' initial inadaptation is caused by such factors as different educational culture, library resources, the Internet language system and 'dual language barrier'. Lacking opportunities to communicate exasperates the issue of isolation, which adds negatively to the experiences. It concludes that international students face the greatest challenges during the period of 'crisis' or 'initial adjustment' in 'U-Curve' and 'W-Curve'. In this light, implications are made to improve teaching and service quality to enhance students' experiences.
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