Internationalization of Higher Education: Southeast Asian Students’ First-Year University Study Experiences in Taiwan
The purpose of this study was to examine factors motivating and influencing Southeast Asian student choice of Taiwan. It also explored the first year university experiences of being a freshman in Taiwan. Four Southeast Asian university students majoring in humanities and social sciences in a university located at the east coast of Taiwan were interviewed. In addition, group interviews with these four students’ classmates and a year-long classroom observation were also of vital importance. The study confirms Mazzarol and Soutar’s “push and pull” model of international student choice of destination. During the first year of college, with helps from teachers and classrooms, resources on world wide web, and home country language and English, these four students were able to overcome the language problems particularly reading and writing the original complex form of Chinese characters and the challenge of Taiwan’s history and culture. They were always cheerful, easy going and caring with peers experiences and expressed self-regulation of learning. They got involved in international students’ association in campus. These were “pull” factors that push them through the first year study and moving on to the second year, and eventually completing university. Adjusting to a new culture is a challenging experience for international students. Implications of these findings for institutional policies and practices as they affect internationalization of higher education are discussed.
|關鍵詞||高等教育、國際化、東南亞籍學生、學習經驗、高等教育、國際化、Southeast Asian students、higher education、internationalization、studying experiences|