Presentation Title

Exploring the Main Cross-Cultural Adaptation Tools Used by International University Students: Motivation for Psychological Adaptation and Intelligibility as a Social Adaptation Tool

Presenter Information

David Mendez

Location

House of Learning Library, 3rd floor

Start Date

18-3-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

18-3-2016 6:00 PM

Abstract

This study addresses the main tools international students in Canada use to adapt to the new culture through deep research of the existing literature; a clear and concise answer in this topic is important in order to provide useful and reachable information to future international students and university administration. It is known that two types of cross-cultural adaptation, psychological and social, are different from each other. Using this cognitive-affective distinction, the study matches the main problems that students face in their intercultural experience with the anxiety/uncertainty management (AUM) theory, put forth in 1988 by Gudykunst. On the one hand, psychological stress produces anxiety; on the other hand, sociocultural misunderstanding causes uncertainty. To conclude, the most important tool for psychological adaptation is a self-determined motivation, while improving the intelligibility is the main social adaptation tool. Willingness to learn the foreign culture increases the probability to succeed (reducing stress) and communication allows the development of new social skills.

Department

English and Modern Languages

Faculty Advisor

Ginny Ratsoy

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Exploring the Main Cross-Cultural Adaptation Tools Used by International University Students: Motivation for Psychological Adaptation and Intelligibility as a Social Adaptation Tool

House of Learning Library, 3rd floor

This study addresses the main tools international students in Canada use to adapt to the new culture through deep research of the existing literature; a clear and concise answer in this topic is important in order to provide useful and reachable information to future international students and university administration. It is known that two types of cross-cultural adaptation, psychological and social, are different from each other. Using this cognitive-affective distinction, the study matches the main problems that students face in their intercultural experience with the anxiety/uncertainty management (AUM) theory, put forth in 1988 by Gudykunst. On the one hand, psychological stress produces anxiety; on the other hand, sociocultural misunderstanding causes uncertainty. To conclude, the most important tool for psychological adaptation is a self-determined motivation, while improving the intelligibility is the main social adaptation tool. Willingness to learn the foreign culture increases the probability to succeed (reducing stress) and communication allows the development of new social skills.