International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Relationship between International Students’ and Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Dominant Language in Taiwan
Dr. Hsiaowen Huang, Chang, Yongsheng

Higher education institutions of various countries have perceived the importance of international student recruitment, have studied the problems these students encounter when they study abroad, and have searched for methods and strategies to assist them in adapting to local culture and lifestyles. As current studies on international students have mainly focused on life adjustment, this study focused on the issue of cross-cultural adaptation. This study analyzed the relationship between international students’ cross-cultural adaptation and the dominant language as Chinese of Taiwan, and put emphasis on the relationship between the linguistic competence acquired from studying abroad and the level of cross-cultural adaptation, as well as how they affect each other. It was found that international students’ cross-cultural adaptation concerning the dimension of “studying and researching” was closely related to their Chinese proficiency, and that the level Chinese ability would affect the amount of cross-cultural adaptation.

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