Academic Acculturation of Chinese Doctoral Students in Finland

Li Wang, Pekka Räihä

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Abstract

The number of Chinese students enrolling in Finnish higher education institutions has increased dramatically, but few studies have attempted to understand the academic acculturation of Chinese students in Finland, particularly at the doctoral level. Consequently, the aim of this study is to explore how Chinese doctoral students integrate into Finnish
learning environment. Data in this study were collected using the case study approach. The findings revealed that although the participants encountered many challenges, they acknowledged that these challenges were temporary and natural. As a result of intercultural learning, they formed a new sense of self and acquired an intercultural learner identity. It is worth noting that although the acculturation process is a two-way change, it might take time
for changes in the host university to mature and become apparent.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)295-310
Number of pages16
JournalTRAMES: JOURNAL OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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