• ISSN: 2301-3567 (Print), 2972-3981 (Online)
    • Abbreviated Title: J. Econ. Bus. Manag.
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JOEBM 2014 Vol.2(4): 262-265 ISSN: 2301-3567
DOI: 10.7763/JOEBM.2014.V2.136

Acculturative Stress among International Students

Azizah Rajab, Hamidah Abdul Rahman, Siti Aisyah Panatik, and Nur Syazwin Mansor

Abstract—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 setting.

Index Terms—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: r_azie@yahoo.com).


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.

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