How to Smooth International University Students’ Adaptation in Ukraine

Соловей, Людмила Сергіївна and Соловей, М.І. and Бабушко, С.Р. (2022) How to Smooth International University Students’ Adaptation in Ukraine Revista Românească pentru Educaţie Multidimensională, 1 (14). pp. 93-114. ISSN 2066-7329; 2067-9270

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Abstract: The article is devoted to a major problem of international students’ adaptation in host countries. They face a lot of cross-cultural adaptation problems, especially in their first year of study. The problem concerns Ukraine, as well, for an increasing number of international students come to get higher education. Hence, the purpose of the research is to reveal major difficulties of international students in Ukraine and to design a programme of activities aimed at assisting them in their cross-cultural adaptation in this country. The research procedure involved 5 steps. On the first stage theoretical background for the research was prepared: scientific literature review on the problem by international and national researchers. The second stage included the identification of target groups and working out a special questionnaire. The respondent group consisted of 60 international students of the first year of study in Ukraine, namely on the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels from 3 Kyiv universities. Next, having received the students’ consent to participate in the research, they were given the designed questionnaire. The fourth stage aimed at collecting the quantitative data and their analyzing. It resulted in identification of challenges, problems and difficulties of the international students’ adaptation in Ukraine. In the final step a special programme of activities was worked out to make cross-cultural adaptation of international university students in Ukraine smoother and less stressful. This methodology allowed to identify the most typical challenges, problems and difficulties. Thanks to their analysis 3 categories of them were distinguished: linguistic, academic and socio-cultural. On their basis a special cross-cultural programme of activities and recommendations in different environments (linguistic, academic, socio-cultural) which correlate with the identified problems was designed for university staff (teachers and administration), campus staff and students’ councils, host country students. It is planned to introduce the research results and the designed programme in the educational process of the universities. Their implementation is believed to facilitate cross-cultural adaptation process of international students and to make it less painless.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-cultural adaptation; linguistic; academic; socio-cultural; problems; recommendations
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Статті у наукометричних базах > Web of Science
Divisions: Факультет романо-германської філології > Кафедра англійської мови та комунікації
Depositing User: Liudmyla Serhiyivna Solovei
Date Deposited: 02 May 2022 14:52
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2023 09:48

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