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Culture Shock: Applying the Lessons from International Student Acculturation to Non-Traditional Students

  • Catherine A. Marshall
  • Jinhua Mathias
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Abstract

The transition of non-traditional students, both international and mature, into higher education (HE) can be challenging for many reasons. Contrasting the outcomes from a series of interviews with mature and international students, this chapter explores the similarities and differences in the issues faced by each group. As students develop their own academic identities, these interviews highlight how many of the techniques developed to support international students may also be applied to mature students, an argument which could have significant impact on student support set, as it is, against the diversity and internationalisation agenda of many universities.

Keywords

International Student Cultural Capital Learning Style Chinese Student Foundation Programme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine A. Marshall
    • 1
  • Jinhua Mathias
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundation CentreUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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