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Kipouridis, Nikolaos
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2021-09-29T11:15:56Z
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2021-09-29T11:15:56Z
dc.date.issued
2021-09-29
dc.identifier.uri
https://repository.ihu.edu.gr//xmlui/handle/11544/29914
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International students
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dc.title
Understanding international student’s experience: An exploratory study of International Students in Greece
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masterThesis
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heal.creatorID.dhareID
Nikolas
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2021-07-27
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en
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free
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
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School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
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2021-07-27
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The choice of this theme for the dissertation is due to the fact that the number of international students receiving higher education in Greece is increasing annually, therefore the specificity of intercultural adaptation of international students is an actual area of research. International students from different countries throughout the world go abroad to study and most of the time, they are faced with challenges before, during, and after the application process that are quite different from local students’ experiences. Demographic and economic data on international students in higher education in Greece is available on governmental websites, but qualitative research into their needs, experience and expectations is relatively scarce. National Bank of Greece’s Sectoral on Education (2017) report states that Greece ranks low in the Education Index, mainly due to the limited independence of its universities. Weak competitiveness is reflected in Greece’s low share in the global market (0.7 per cent) – with the majority of international students enrolling either through bilateral agreements (e.g. with Cyprus) or are children of immigrants (mainly from Albania). Getting prepared to apply by taking numerous exams, applying to the intended program by sending documents overseas, and waiting for the response of the educational organization after the application cause international students to experience stress before they even start their classes. However, coming to the Greece, even after success with the application process, is not the end of the story for international students. It is just the beginning of a whole new story in terms of their academic, personal and social lives. Getting into new sociocultural conditions, international students experience difficulties (social, psychological and socio-psychological in nature) that affect the success / failure of their intercultural adaptation. Therefore, the question arises of highlighting external and internal factors affecting the specifics of intercultural adaptation of international students. Intercultural adaptation is understood as a complex multilateral phenomenon that reflects the process of international students entering the new sociocultural environment. Its successful course connected with the presence of high motivation for 4 leading activities among international students, involves the development of social norms, cultural values, patterns of behavior of communication partners as representatives of other cultures while maintaining their own cultural uniqueness. The success of adaptation depends on internal and external factors: of the efforts of the international student and his characteristics (internal environment), but also on the system of conditions created in educational organization for the training of foreign citizens (artificial educational and artificial living environment). This study will examine international students’ experience and academic, sociocultural transition in an increasingly globalized society and is inspired by many such research studies and papers done in different countries like US, UK, Australia but lack of similar researches focusing on international students experiences in Greece. This dissertation represents the opinions of international students in a multitude of aspects, allowing the voice of international students in Greece, in Thessaloniki to be heard.
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Katsaliaki, Korina
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Katsaliaki, Korina
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IHU
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ihu
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Greece
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