Enduring not Enjoying? Emotional responses to studying abroad among Danish and Chinese students

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Abstract

Students’ emotions during stays abroad have mainly been treated as ”culture shock”, where difficulties are interpreted as universal ”stages” towards ”adaptation”. This paper explores how students from different cultural and educational traditions experience studying abroad differently. The study presents a qualitative study of 18 Danish and Chinese students in Chinese and Danish universities and situates itself within the literature on culture shock, student emotions and study-abroad experiences. The study exposes the students’ complex emotions throughout their studies abroad and explains how these emotions relate to processes of self-formation, professional and academic development, increase or decrease in freedom, and student agency.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIntercultural Education
Volume31
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
ISSN1467-5986
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • International students
  • culture shock
  • educational culture
  • emotionality
  • qualitative interviews

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