Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Foreign Students in Chinese University: Based on Network of Social Support

Chaoping LUO, Ning ZHOU, Qiong ZHAI, Zhenglin CAO


With the expansion of globalization and the rapid development of China’s economy, the number of international students that come to China to study is increasing. The university department have not emphasized on foreign students’ cross-cultural adaptation, but living service facilities, habits, religious and so on, because of traditional education. On the basis of analysis of research literature on foreign students’ cross-cultural adaptation, we have found that foreign students’ cross-cultural adaptation is influenced mainly by social networks. According to the questionnaire on the Southwest University’s foreign students, we have found that the foreign students had been stunted to integrate into the life of local students and public by the university, which built special apartments and management system for foreign students. Therefore, we suggest that the university department offer the same living and studying environment for Chinese and foreign students so that foreign students may join in Chinese society well.


Foreign Students; Network of Social Support; Cross-cultural Adaptation

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