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ERIC Number: EJ1248180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2162-3104
Exploring East Asian Undergraduate Students' Perceptions about the Effectiveness of Their Preparation for Study Abroad for Academic Success in U.S. Universities
Chen, Meiren; Bang, Hyeyoung
Journal of International Students, v10 n1 p181-202 2020
In this study we used grounded theory framework to explore how preparation for studying abroad affects the academic success of East Asian undergraduate students in U.S. universities. Based on interviews with 12 participants from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, we found that knowledge of English language and American culture, which is closely involved with their preparation for study abroad and their undergraduate study in the United States, are two core categories affecting East Asian students' academic success. High levels of preparation for study abroad help East Asian students better adapt to American universities. At the same time, East Asian students spend more time on English proficiency tests than learning the culture both before and after they arrive to the United States, which can be detrimental. We suggest that U.S. universities provide more support for cultural adaptation such as learning communities to have active cultural exchanges within context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; China; Hong Kong; South Korea; Taiwan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language; International English Language Testing System
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