Hit the Ground Running: Enhancing International Students’ Cross-Cultural Adjustment

  • Dori Lyn Fujimori
  • Blair M. T. Odo
  • Larry E. Smith


On first reading, this case may seem to bear resemblance to that of Xiong Quan in the previous chapter. However, further examination will reveal that while the case of Quan is basically a study of the internationalization of education, Kei’s problems were due to organizational culture shock.


International Student English Proficiency School Staff Culture Shock Host Family 
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  • Dori Lyn Fujimori
  • Blair M. T. Odo
  • Larry E. Smith

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