Adapting Together: Chinese Student Experience and Acceptance at an American University

Mittelmeier, Jenna and Kennedy, John James (2016). Adapting Together: Chinese Student Experience and Acceptance at an American University. In: Jindal-Snape, Divya and Rienties, Bart eds. Multi-dimensional Transitions of International Students to Higher Education. New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction. Routledge, pp. 161–180.



This study applies the ABC framework to an evaluation of incoming Chinese students to an American university. In this study, we conducted a survey of 74 first-year Chinese international students at the University of Kansas 2013-2014, with supplementary interviews of 15 participants. Findings are based on linear regression analysis and qualitative analysis of the in-depth interviews. Previous studies suggest that campus involvement and friendships with the host population are significant factors that contribute to international students’ feelings of acceptance. However, our findings demonstrate that despite relatively low levels of involvement with campus clubs and few connections with American students, respondents overall perceived acceptance within their campus community.

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  • 45323
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  • 1-138-89090-1, 978-1-138-89090-9
  • Keywords
  • international students; Chinese students; social transitions; campus involvement; social networks
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
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  • © 2016 The Authors
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  • Jenna Mittelmeier