The intercultural adaptations of Chinese students in a Thai international university

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Shih Yi Huang


  This study aims to investigate the difficulties Chinese students encounter in various dimensions of intercultural adaptation. With a qualitative and quantitative study, six participants of freshman to master’s students have been interviewed with semistructured guides, and 56 Chinese students have been asked to complete a questionnaire. Observation of participants had been carried out from 4 months to 2 years. The results demonstrate the seven facets of culture in the university field: Thai university studying culture; Thai administrative culture; Thai interpersonal culture; Thai social culture; Thai eating habits; Thai daily habits; and nonverbal communication. The results and conclusions will be used to compile an intercultural manual for Chinese students who want to study in Thailand, which will also be of help for Thai universities to enhance their studying prerequisites for Chinese students.

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Huang, S. Y. (2021). The intercultural adaptations of Chinese students in a Thai international university. Interdisciplinary Research Review, 16(5), 8–13. Retrieved from
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