Living in the West: A Study of Chinese International Students' Social Adaptation In New Zealand
Export education is the fourth biggest revenue earner in New Zealand. However, while there is some research conducted into various aspects of international students' adjustment to the academic system in New Zealand, little attention has been paid to the students' social adaptation to the new environment. Students from the People's Republic of China (PRC) form the biggest single group of international students. This paper reports on a study that focused on the experiences of PRC Chinese students in adjusting to life in New Zealand. The purpose of the study was to find out (1) the social, as opposed to academic, difficulties or problems they faced during their stay, and (2) the strategies they used to overcome these difficulties and cope with life in the new culture. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey of 100 students at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and a face-to-face, in-depth interview with 10 students. Results relating to the three objectives are presented and implications discussed.
Keywords: International Students, Chinese Students, Social Adaptation, Export Education
Dr. Nittaya Campbell
Lecturer, Department of Management Communication Waikato Management School, University of Waikato
Jie Ping Zeng
Alumnus, Department of Management Communication Waikato Management School , University of Waikato