Campus adjustment among international students in malaysia

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The research examined campus adjustment among 385 international students in three universities in Malaysia. Data was obtained through SACQ (Student Adaptation to College questionnaire) and focus group interviews. Results indicated only 7% of international students showed high campus adjustment. The highest domain scored was academic, followed by emotion, and finally social adjustment. Similarity in culture, geographical location of university, level of study, as well as language ability appeared to be the variables that differentiated level of adjustment. Factors that challenged international students in adapting to Malaysian universities included communication with local society, the hot Malaysian weather, financial issues, culture, food and cleanliness. Results of this study provided guidance to the university management in their efforts towards internationalization of Malaysian higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-95
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management
Volume10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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International students
Malaysia
Factors
Internationalization
Food
Questionnaire
Weather
Emotion
Language
Communication
Focus groups
Guidance
University management

Keywords

  • Campus adjustment
  • Culture
  • International students
  • University management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management

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