—The role of foreign students in higher education
sector in Malaysia is increasing. Thus, with the growing number
of these students, administrators and academics are identifying
ways to enable them to adapt to the new environment. This
study aims to assess the level of acculturative stress experienced
by international undergraduates in Universiti Teknologi
Malaysia (UTM). Three hundred and seventy eight students
completed the Acculturative Stress Scale for International
Students (ASSIS). Data were analyzed using Social Packages for
Social Sciences (SPSS) version 18 and the results indicated that
the majority of international undergraduates are suffering
moderately from some degree of cultural stress especially for
items relating to change or culture shock, homesickness and
perceived hate. The findings suggest that there are calls for
several improvements to programs designed to assist the
international undergraduates adapt to their new cultural
—Aacculturative stress, culture shock,
homesickness, perceived hate.
Azizah Rajab and Nur Syazwin Mansor are with the Language Academy,
Johor Bahru Campus, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Hamidah Abdul Rahman and Siti Aisyah Panatik are with the Faculty of
Management, Johor Bahru Campus, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (e-mail:
Cite: Azizah Rajab, Hamidah Abdul Rahman, Siti Aisyah Panatik, and Nur Syazwin Mansor, "Acculturative Stress among International Students," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 262-265, 2014.