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International Students in China

Education, Student Life and Intercultural Encounters

  • Fred Dervin
  • Xiangyun Du
  • Anu Härkönen
  • Focuses on the often neglected topic of international students studying in China

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research in interculturality and study abroad

  • Examines international student experiences through a range of lenses to provide a nuanced view


Table of contents

About this book


As the number of international students in Chinese higher education increases steadily, this volume is one of the first to focus on their many and varied experiences. With contributions focusing on such topics as intercultural adaptation, soft power and interculturality, language learning strategies and the intercultural, and transformations in perspective, this volume provides the reader with a broad overview of the latest advances in the field of interculturality and study abroad. While the book will appeal to a global audience of researchers, practitioners and students with an interest in Chinese higher education, it will also be of interest to all those who remain intrigued by conceptual and methodological issues of interculturality.


Higher Education International students Sociology of Education Interculturality in education international students in china studying abroad studying abroad in China

Editors and affiliations

  • Fred Dervin
    • 1
  • Xiangyun Du
    • 2
  • Anu Härkönen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Confucius InstituteAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  3. 3.International AffairsTurku University of Applied SciencesTurkuFinland

About the editors

Fred Dervin (文德) is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also holds other professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg and Malaysia. 

Xiangyun Du (杜翔云) is Professor in the Department of Learning and Philosophy and director of the Confucius Institute for Innovation and Learning at Aalborg University, Denmark. She is also affiliated to the College of Education at Qatar University, Qatar.

Anu Härkönen is Head of International Affairs at Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland and a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title International Students in China
  • Book Subtitle Education, Student Life and Intercultural Encounters
  • Editors Fred Dervin
    Xiangyun Du
    Anu Härkönen
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-78119-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08619-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78120-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Education
    Sociology of Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Studying abroad
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“Does study abroad or international education automatically contribute to the development of intercultural competence? Which factors affect the outcomes of international education? What particular intercultural experiences can international students expect from study abroad in Chinese universities? If you are interested in these and many other questions regarding the latest advances in the field of interculturality and study abroad, you will find the reading of this gap-filling research highly intriguing and rewarding.” (Sun Youzhong, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China)

“What should those who choose to study in Chinese higher education expect to gain? Knowledge of a different world or finding a new ‘me’? This book deals with these questions from varied and valuable insights, and in illuminating ways. If the true meaning of learning is “not to convince but to be thought-provoking”, then this book achieves this perfectly.” (Professor Juan Hu, Renmin University of China)