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Assessing cross-cultural adaptation of international students in IIUM

Radwan Jamal, Hassan and Wok, Saodah (2020) Assessing cross-cultural adaptation of international students in IIUM. International Journal of Modern Trends in Social Sciences, 3 (14). pp. 47-63. E-ISSN 2600-8777

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In today’s world, many international students from other countries arriving at the host nation are exposed to a wide range of local cultures and values. Malaysia, being a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural country, is put in a unique position that attracts many international students and foreigners alike. Regardless, many international students experience a clash of cultures between their own and the host’s culture, which if not dealt with could have detrimental effects on areas such as studies, social-circles, and self-esteem. Therefore, this study explored the challenges that both undergraduate and postgraduate international students of IIUM encounter when arriving in Malaysia. This study employed a quantitative research design, using the survey method with a questionnaire as the research instrument for data collection. In this study, students aged 21 years old and above were surveyed. This study was based on the theory of cross-cultural adaptation, using the U-curve model that displays each stage of adaptation every student goes through. The findings demonstrated that the cultural stage of adaptation had a positive relationship with the cultural stage of euphoria, the cultural stage of culture shock, and the cultural stage of adjustment. Based on the theory of cross-cultural adaptation as a guide, all the hypotheses were supported in which all relationships were found to be positive and significant.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2899/86408
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adjustment, cross-cultural adaptation, culture shock, euphoria, U-curve model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.8 Communication of information
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Saodah Wok
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 11:55
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2020 11:55
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/86408

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