The Psychological Well-Being of Newly-Arrived Indonesian Students in Taiwan


  • Ferry Fadzlul Rahman
  • Kuan_Han Lin
  • Hamka



New Students, Psychological Well-being, Students from Indonesia


A study abroad program is of great interest among high school leavers globally. Indonesian school leavers are no exception. This study investigates the psychological well-being of Indonesian students studying at Taiwanese universities. Informed by a phenomenological approach, sixteen Indonesian participants who studied in Taiwan were recruited for this case study. Data were garnered from semi-structured interviews and observations. The findings of the study show that the students were unable to manage their emotions (e.g., culture shock, a feeling of being isolated) and adapt with different cultures and languages.

Author Biographies

Ferry Fadzlul Rahman

Ferry Fadzlul Rahman (penulis korespondensi) adalah seorang Mahasiswa Pascasarjana Administrasi Kesehatan di Asia University, Taiwan dan juga berprofesi sebagai dosen Kesehatan Masyarakat di Universitas Muhammadiyah Kalimantan Timur. Minat penelitian utama penulis adalah hukum kesehatan, pendidikan kesehatan, serta penuaan dan kesehatan. Email:

Ferry Fadzlul Rahman (corresponding author) is a postgraduate student in the Department of Healthcare Administration at Asia University in Taiwan. He is also a Lecturer in the Department of Public Health at Universitas Muhammadiyah Kalimantan Timur. His main research interests lie in health law, health education, and aging and health. Email:

Kuan_Han Lin

Kuan-Han Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration at Asia University in Taiwan. She obtained her PhD degree from the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene at National Taiwan University in 2013. She has published various articles on the post-traumatic stress orders among injured workers and do-not-resuscitate in critical care patients in major international academic journals, including BMC Medical Ethics, Neurourology and Urodynamics, Scientific Reports, and Occupational Medicine. Her main research interests lie in occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational health, occupational stress and burnout, and bioethics. Email:


Hamka is a Postgraduate Student in the Department of Psychology of Asia University, Taiwan. He lectures on psychology at Universitas Muhammadiyah Kalimantan Timur. His research focuses on educational psychology.


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How to Cite

Rahman, F. F., Lin, K., & Hamka. (2020). The Psychological Well-Being of Newly-Arrived Indonesian Students in Taiwan. Journal of International Students, 10(S3), 44–57.

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