Missing intercultural engagements in the university experiences of Chinese international students in the UK

Yu, Y. and Moskal, M. (2019) Missing intercultural engagements in the university experiences of Chinese international students in the UK. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 49(4), pp. 654-671. (doi: 10.1080/03057925.2018.1448259)

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Abstract

This paper looks at structural conditions or institutional arrangements that facilitate or hinder interactions for international students. Drawing on the contact and diversity theory, analyses compare Chinese students’ intercultural experience in business and non-business schools in one UK university and explore how these students interpret the meaning of quality intercultural contact based on their responses to the social environment around them. Findings indicate that the overwhelming number of Chinese students, particularly in business schools, combined with obstacles these students face in establishing intercultural contact around the university potentially motivates them to explore engagement with a wider host society (e.g. Christian churches). The denial of intercultural contact due to a lack of diverse environment may lead to inequality in opportunities for cross-cultural learning and personal growth. High quality intercultural contact is not only beneficial to international students, it also enhances the intercultural competency of native students in the global market place.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study is sponsored by Peak Discipline Construction Project of Education at East China Normal University.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moskal, Dr Marta
Creator Roles:
Moskal, M.Conceptualization, Supervision, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Yu, Y., and Moskal, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0305-7925
ISSN (Online):1469-3623
Published Online:28 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The British Association for International and Comparative Education
First Published:First published in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 49(4):654-671
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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