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|
Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Lecturer, Educational Foundation, National University of Malaysia (UKM), B. Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education,, National University Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
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