Psychological and sociocultural adaptation and experience of international students in Hong Kong

    Project: Research project

    Project Details


    The globalization of higher education increases opportunities for students from different cultures to study in new cultural contexts. To be successful, international students must adapt psychologically and socioculturally to their host context. An understanding of students’ psychological and sociocultural adaptation is critical to reduce student stress and help them cope (Misra & Castillo, 2004). It can also assist institutions attract and better support a culturally diverse range of students. While study of international student acculturation is complex, it needs exploring, particularly in Asian contexts(Spencer-Oatey & Xiong, 2006). This study is grounded in cross-cultural psychology (Shiraev & Levy, 2010). The purposes are to find out those factors that affect the psychological and sociocultural adaptation of international students to study in Hong Kong. In so doing certain comparisons i.e., academic self-efficacy and psychological adaptation will be made with local students. In addition it will explore the level and effect of contact between local and international students, and international student views of social and institutional support with regard to their adaptation, and their academic self-efficacy.

    Funding Source: RGC - General Research Fund (GRF)
    Effective start/end date01/01/1431/12/16


    • acculturation
    • community psychology
    • socio-cultural adaptation
    • international students
    • higher education


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