Acculturation Experiences of Seychellois International Students in an Australian University: Perceived Receptiveness of the Local Context
A phenomenological approach was used to explore the experiences of 12 undergraduate Seychellois international students within an Australian University. Interviews were conducted in Creole, the participants’ native language, and the data was translated to English, transcribed and thematically analyzed. A range of factors prevention adaption through an overall ‘loneliness ‘or ‘homesickness’ where identified, and often these mitigated social interactions, including academic support, orientations, cultural difference, language, financial pressures, and importantly perceived discrimination. Findings are discussed in terms of broader acculturation research and the importance of perceived or actual receptiveness of the local context. The conclusion draws implications for how University systems can tailor and adjust their services to unique cohorts.
Keywords: International Student Transition, Cultural Difference, Discrimination, Acculturation
Postgraduate Candidate, School of Psychology and Social Sciences, Edith Cowan Univeristy
Dr Andrew M. Guilfoyle
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University