Campus Adjustment among International Students in Malaysia

By Zuria Mahmud, Salleh Amat, Saemah Rahman and Noriah Mohd Ishak.

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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.

Keywords: International Students, Culture, University Management, Campus Adjustment

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp.85-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 630.702KB).

Prof. Dr. Zuria Mahmud

Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am currently teaching at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. My field of specialization is Counseling Education and Supervision. Besides teaching and supervision I am also active in research and publication. My works focuses on issues related to counseling practice and training.

Dr. Salleh Amat

Lecturer, Educational Foundation, National University of Malaysia (UKM), B. Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

At UKM (National University of Malaysia) I teach counseling course at graduate level and supervise doctoral students. I also teach introduction of counseling for undergraduate students. Research interest: multicultural, career, and student personnel.

Prof. Saemah Rahman

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Noriah Mohd Ishak

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education,, National University Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia


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