Yue, Y and Le, T, Cultural adaption of Asian students in Australia, AARE 2009 - Inspring Innovative Research in Education, 29 November - 2 December 2009, Canberra, pp. online. (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]
In recent years, due to economic development and globalization, there is a dramatic increase of international students, mainly from Asian countries, coming to Australia and attending various courses, such as language courses, professional training and university degree. Not only do they contribute in substantial financial income, but also bring a diversity of cultures into this country. International students have become an important population group in Australia. While some students do not encounter any major problems in adapting to the new learning environment, others have difficulties in adapting to the educational system and the cultural discourse of teaching, learning, and living. Their psychological well-being is always a research focus for many educators, sociologists and psychologists. The data used for this study were drawn from interviews conducted at an Australian university. Thematic analysis was conducted with the use of Nvivo (qualitative data analysis computer software). The results indicate that emotional well-being is a very important factor in their well-being, particularly stress, fatigue, and loss of identity are the main cause of their problems. The paper suggests some strategies for Australian institutions to use in helping international students to deal with cultural shock.