Internationalization of the Universities through Student Exchange: A Cultural Adaptation Perspective

By Yuko Abe.

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This study is focused on issues related to the transformations of cultural identity of students who participate in study abroad programs. Their intercultural experience comes at the time when their cultural identity is forming. To make this experience enriching and valuable students have to be prepared how to manage different forms of stress, but also how to understand and control changes of their attitude to own culture and to host cultures. It makes necessary the study of factors influencing cultural identity, in particular the role of rationalization of cultural differences. The results may help in developing optimal strategies in the management of problems in cultural adaptation of students.

Keywords: Cultural Adaptation, Aculturation and Cultural Re-entry, Cultural Identity, Intercultural Psychology

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.25-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.935MB).

Yuko Abe

Associate Professor and Dean of Students, Akita International University, Japan

Received Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Sheffield. Taught Japanese language at several universities including Cambridge University. Two main fields of expertise and research interests: Japanese language acquisition and intercultural communication. More recently interested in intercultural psychology, in particular in the context of international mobility of university students. Current position: Dean of Students at Akita International University, Japan.

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