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Living in a foreign country: Experiences of Chinese international students

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Study abroad has emerged as an unstoppable trend. Many students from other countries study in the U.S. and American students are studying abroad. Due to its advanced technology and favorable policies towards foreign students, the U.S. has become the largest host country of foreign students. According to IIE Open Doors 2004, of the international students in the U.S, about 57% are Asians, among which India is the leading place of origin (79,736), followed by China (61,765). There is a dearth of literature on international students’ experiences from specific countries. This paper is a qualitative exploration of the lived experiences of Chinese international students at the University of Maryland, College Park.
There are three research questions in this paper: 1) what are the problems that Chinese international students are facing? 2) What is the friendship pattern for those students and how the mixture of home, host, and multi cultures influence them? 3) What are the recommendations and suggestions for universities to improve their lives? The author conducted semi-structured interviews with each of the nine participants, both undergraduate and graduate, with the length of approximately 30-60 minutes. Findings include the primary problems that Chinese international students encounter: language, loneliness, and concerns of securing employment; friendship patterns: friendship building with Chinese students the most, then international students, last Americans. Recommendation for the university from the students is to establish cultural immersion programs, and provide job-related information, to improve the lives of international students.
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Pan, Yali. "Living in a foreign country: Experiences of Chinese international students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493679_index.html>

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Pan, Y. , 2011-05-01 "Living in a foreign country: Experiences of Chinese international students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493679_index.html

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Abstract: Study abroad has emerged as an unstoppable trend. Many students from other countries study in the U.S. and American students are studying abroad. Due to its advanced technology and favorable policies towards foreign students, the U.S. has become the largest host country of foreign students. According to IIE Open Doors 2004, of the international students in the U.S, about 57% are Asians, among which India is the leading place of origin (79,736), followed by China (61,765). There is a dearth of literature on international students’ experiences from specific countries. This paper is a qualitative exploration of the lived experiences of Chinese international students at the University of Maryland, College Park.
There are three research questions in this paper: 1) what are the problems that Chinese international students are facing? 2) What is the friendship pattern for those students and how the mixture of home, host, and multi cultures influence them? 3) What are the recommendations and suggestions for universities to improve their lives? The author conducted semi-structured interviews with each of the nine participants, both undergraduate and graduate, with the length of approximately 30-60 minutes. Findings include the primary problems that Chinese international students encounter: language, loneliness, and concerns of securing employment; friendship patterns: friendship building with Chinese students the most, then international students, last Americans. Recommendation for the university from the students is to establish cultural immersion programs, and provide job-related information, to improve the lives of international students.


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