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Intercultural competence of Chinese postsecondary students in Canada
Yuanqing Wu (author)Peter MacMillan (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences (Degree granting institution)Gregory Nixon (Committee member)Mamdouh Shubair (Committee member)
Master of Education (MEd)
To improve understanding of the experiences of Chinese students abroad, I conducted a research project on Chinese university students’ acquisition of intercultural competence from their living and learning experiences in Canada and explored their potential needs in Canadian society. This knowledge may help Chinese students abroad or people who are interested in this particular group gain a more comprehensive understanding of students’ physiological and psychological adjustments in a foreign country. The study will contribute to the literature on successful intercultural adaptation. Findings from this instrumental case study research approach indicate how Chinese student participants employed different coping strategies to deal with challenges and conflicts during their adaptation process.