International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1949-4270   |  e-ISSN: 1949-4289

Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2016, Vol. 11(1) 5-18

A Gateway to Integration: a Study of American Families and their International Visitors

Kate Hellmann, Rachel Miyazaki, Daniela Miranda & Tricia Fiscus

pp. 5 - 18   |  Manu. Number: epasr.2016.001

Published online: February 01, 2016  |   Number of Views: 234  |  Number of Download: 602


Abstract

Research shows that helping international students build support networks by forming new friendships is crucial to counteracting the feelings of isolation, loneliness, and frustration that may arise from studying abroad. Studies have shown that friendships between international students and host nationals benefit the local community rather than just the university by promoting intercultural communication and understanding. Most of these studies, however, have only focused on the friendships between international and domestic students and not between international students and local American or “friendship families.” This study aims to make a contribution to the existing scholarship on intercultural friendship by looking at the expectations and obstacles that structure relationships between friendship families and international students at a research-one public land grant institution. By pinpointing these factors, we hope to take the first steps in developing a set of best practices for ensuring successful intercultural interactions between international students and their friendship families. 

Keywords: Integration, studying abroad, international students, intercultural friendship


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Hellmann, K., Miyazaki, R., Miranda, D. & Fiscus, T. (2016). A Gateway to Integration: a Study of American Families and their International Visitors. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 11(1), 5-18.

Harvard
Hellmann, K., Miyazaki, R., Miranda, D. and Fiscus, T. (2016). A Gateway to Integration: a Study of American Families and their International Visitors. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 11(1), pp. 5-18.

Chicago 16th edition
Hellmann, Kate, Rachel Miyazaki, Daniela Miranda and Tricia Fiscus (2016). "A Gateway to Integration: a Study of American Families and their International Visitors". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 11 (1):5-18.

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