International Students from Melbourne Describing Their Cross-Cultural Transitions Experiences: Culture Shock, Social Interaction, and Friendship Development

  • Nish Belford Monash University, Australia
Keywords: cross-cultural transition experiences, culture shock, friendship development, international students, social interaction

Abstract

Drawing from a study that explored how international students experience cross-cultural transitions after living and studying in Melbourne for a few years, this paper, in particular, examines the participants' experiences with culture shock, social interaction, and friendship development. The findings include narratives of their personal stories and perspectives on social engagement and friendship ties with a particular focus on variables including cultural similarity, intercultural communication competence, intercultural friendship, and relational identity to influence their experiences.

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Author Biography

Nish Belford, Monash University, Australia

NISH BELFORD, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Education. Her research interests include identity politics in diverse and transnational spaces and discourses around cultural transitions, culture shock and acculturation. 

Published
2017-07-01
How to Cite
Belford, N. (2017). International Students from Melbourne Describing Their Cross-Cultural Transitions Experiences: Culture Shock, Social Interaction, and Friendship Development. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 499-521. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.206
Section
Research Articles