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ERIC Number: ED524801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
A Preliminary Research on the Lifestyle of International Students
Huang, Hsiaowen; Shih, Hongyu; Thiruvadi, Sheela; Song, Yiru
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 3 p401-411 2011
The focus of this study is to explore the lifestyle of international students and also the difficulties faced by them due to the language barrier (difficulty in learning the Chinese language) in Taiwan. Motivation for this study comes from the increasing number of international students, and the related educational policy settings of the government in Taiwan. In general, these international students are very focused on their studies, they foster a close relationship with their families and firmly believe that this family support motivates them to perform better and learn more. However, language seems to be a major barrier for them while adapting to the life in Taiwan, thereby, making it difficult for the students to comprehend the local news and gather information. Moreover, they are also not used to the local food, which might be one of the reasons that may motivate them to return to their own countries/homelands. The purpose of this study is: (1) to determine the relationship between the variables, population statistics and lifestyle; and (2) to understand the lifestyle of international students. We classified lifestyle into seven domains with the help of factor analysis: optimist-oriented, participation-oriented, fashion-oriented, nostalgia-oriented, benefit-oriented, independence-oriented and actuality-oriented. We also analyzed the demographics data and found that there are significances in the dimensions related to participation-oriented, fashion-oriented, nostalgia-oriented, benefit-oriented, independence-oriented and actuality-oriented lifestyle domains. Furthermore, research shows that international students, who were very participation-oriented, mainly chose to live in dormitories, as they could keep in touch with people and also had access to necessary information. Further, marriage also influences their level of participation. (Contains 15 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Taiwan