Thriving in Indonesian Academia: French Students’ Intercultural Communication Competence in Studying Abroad

Dadang Sunendar, Dante Darmawangsa, Vidi Sukmayadi


To gain international recognition, many universities in Indonesia offer international student exchange programs, one of which is the credit transfer program. Participants in that program have differences in communicative competence. That holds for Indonesian students studying abroad and vice versa. This study analyzes the intercultural communication skills of international students and aims to acquire comprehensive information on intercultural competencies based on the students’ intercultural sensitivity, awareness and adroitness. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted among international students at one university in Indonesia, involving six French students from the student exchange program who studied for one semester. The data was obtained via focused group discussion and interviews. Chen and Starosta's intercultural competence model was used as an analytical tool. The findings indicate that the students have proper intercultural communication competence, which helps them in implementing their communication strategies, adjusting to and thriving in a new cultural and academic environment.

    cross-cultural communication, French students, intercultural communication competence, international students

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Dadang Sunendar
Dante Darmawangsa
Vidi Sukmayadi (Primary Contact)
Author Biographies

Dadang Sunendar, Dept. of French Language Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 229, Bandung, Indonesi

picture of the first authorDadang Sunendar is professor in the Department of French Language Education of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. His research interests include language education, foreign-language acquisition, and cultural study.

Dante Darmawangsa, Dept. of French Language Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 229 Bandung, Indonesia

picture of the second authorDante Darmawangsa is assistant professor in the Department of French Language Education of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. His research interests include second-language acquisition, French methodologies, and intercultural studies

Vidi Sukmayadi, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

picture of the third authorVidi Sukmayadi is a graduate student at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Malaysia. His research interests include media literacy, intercultural communication and mass media.

Sunendar, D., Darmawangsa, D., & Sukmayadi, V. (2021). Thriving in Indonesian Academia: French Students’ Intercultural Communication Competence in Studying Abroad. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(1), 80–91.

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