Adaptation of International Students: Challenges and Solutions

Elena Makeeva, Marina Kulinich, Inessa Yakovleva

Abstract

This study presents research on ways and means of adapting international students to higher education in a Russian university. These international students are mostly from CIS countries (former Soviet republics). As a background, the article outlines the role and place of the Russian language in these countries. It goes on to describe how Samara (a large industrial city with 1,200,000 population, formerly Kuibyshev, in the valley of the Volga river) and its environment are presented to newcomers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kirgizstan and Armenia and analyzes the respondents’ answers to the questions in an online anonymous questionnaire that shows the degree of adaptation of foreign students to education in the Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education (SSUSSE). The paper gives an overview of the activities held at SSUSSE aimed at international students’ efficient integration into Russian everyday life and culture. The paper ends with some conclusions.

Keywords:
    Russian language, adaptation, foreign students,, questionnaire, Kazakh students,, Uzbek students, Tajik students, Turkmen students, rmenian students, Kirgiz students

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Authors

Elena Makeeva
makeeva.elena@pgsga.ru (Primary Contact)
Marina Kulinich
Inessa Yakovleva
Author Biographies

Elena Makeeva, Department of English Philology and Intercultural Communication, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education, 25 Blukher Str., Samara, Russia 443001.

Elena Makeeva, Ph.D. (English Studies), is head of the Department of English Philology and Intercultural Communication at Samara State University; deputy dean for scientific research and international collaboration; coordinator of student exchange activities; and author of more than 60 scientific and practical guides and papers on internationalization, professional development and modern methods in teaching and youth work. Her current interests include internationalization of higher education, intercultural communication, use of information technologies in education, and lifelong learning.

Marina Kulinich, Department of English Philology and Intercultural Communication, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education, 25 Blukher Str., Samara, Russia 443001.

Marina Kulinich, Ph.D. (English Studies), Ph.D. (Culture Studies), is a professor of English and intercultural studies. She has long experience of intercultural research within a variety of contexts such as translation studies, intercultural aspects of English-language teaching, and Vide-verbal texts and their application to teaching. She has written several books and articles in these areas. She has a strong commitment to teacher education.

Inessa Yakovleva, Department of English Philology and Intercultural Communication, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education, 25 Blukher Str., Samara, Russia 443001.

Inessa Yakovleva, Ph.D. (English studies), is an associate professor in the Faculty of Foreign Languages. She has long experience teaching English stylistics, English grammar, and general English practice. She supervises the student club “We Learn to be Teachers”; she involves students in sightseeing and international events and activities in Samara and the Samara region.

Makeeva, E., Kulinich, M., & Yakovleva, I. (2022). Adaptation of International Students: Challenges and Solutions . Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(3), 41–54. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v21i3.20

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