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Social contact patterns of international students and their impact on academic adaptation

Lookup NU author(s): Hanh Pho, Dr Alina SchartnerORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2019.

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© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Social contact has been found to be both a success factor and an outcome of the international student sojourn. This two-stage mixed-methods case study sought to ascertain the role of social contact in the academic adaptation of a sample of international students undertaking taught postgraduate degrees in the United Kingdom. A self-report survey (N = 101) was first conducted to measure the degree of contact with three groups (co-nationals, host country nationals, and non-co-national international students), and its relationship with academic achievement and adaptation. Semi-structured interviews were then conducted with a group of volunteers (N = 17) to further explore their social contact patterns with these three groups. Findings suggest a significant positive relationship between the degree of contact with non-co-national international students and academic outcomes. We discuss implications and put forward a research agenda.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pho H, Schartner A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Year: 2019

Volume: 42

Issue: 6

Pages: 489-502

Online publication date: 26/12/2019

Acceptance date: 14/12/2019

Date deposited: 20/01/2020

ISSN (print): 0143-4632

ISSN (electronic): 1747-7557

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2019.1707214


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