Campuses across the United States continue to welcome a record number of Chinese students coming in pursuit of both academic and cultural goals. Yet, high levels of acculturative stress coupled with difficulties integrating into life abroad jeopardize accomplishing these goals. In this study, we examine Chinese students’ Internet use both prior to and during study abroad, and its effects on stress, integration, and learning while abroad. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 undergraduate and graduate students from China currently studying in the United States. Findings indicate that although online media and resources provide valuable information to Chinese students, they may also set the stage for entry into established, cohesive co-national peer groups, thereby discouraging integration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Journal of Studies in International Education|
|State||Published - Jul 12 2015|
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© 2014 European Association for International Education
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- computer-mediated communication
- cross-cultural engagement
- cultural integration
- international education
- social support