Embedded culture and intercultural adaptation: implications for managing the needs of Chinese Students

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Abstract

Students who travel abroad for study bring with them a wealth of cultural resources and expectations that influence their ability to adapt and acculturate into their new environment. While the ability to fit into their new context is a largely personal endeavour, for students from Confucian heritage societies, the cultural expectations of family can have a significant impact on these students. Building on research into the influence of culture and parents on the decision to study abroad, this paper highlights the need for and benefits of developing internationalisation policy and management procedures that reflect and support an understanding of the embedded cultural needs and expectations of Chinese students and their families. This paper offers theoretical insight into the situations of the people involved, practical suggestions for higher education administrators wanting to develop a more effective internationalisation policy and meaningful intercultural strategies and support for international students
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-364
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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