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Academic Experiences of International Students in Chinese Higher Education

1st Edition

Edited by Mei Tian, Fred Dervin, Genshu Lu


174 pages

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Hardback: 9780367459246
pub: 2020-03-07
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Since China proposed its “Belt and Road Initiative” in 2013 to boost its influence on international affairs and “cultivate international personnel who are friendly toward China”, the number of foreign students in China has surge exponentially. Yet the global political changes have added tensions and challenges to the education of international students.

This book is one of the first works to discuss the educational experiences of international students in China. Using survey research and qualitative studies to study participants in degree-bearing and language programmes at regular universities and Sino-Foreign universities located in different areas of China, the book covers a variety of topics across education, including international students’ intercultural experience, teacher-student classroom interaction, learning and teaching Chinese as a foreign language, academic adaptation, and otherised-identity formation in higher education contexts, etc.

This book is essential for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in the international student education in China. It can also benefit prospective international students considering pursuing higher education in China.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: International Student in China 2 China’s International Student Recruitment as "Outward-Oriented" Higher Education Internationalisation: A Historical Approach for Analysing Challenges during the "Belt and Road" Initiative Era 3 Who are the Waiguoren now? Chinese Students at a British University in China 4 Instructional Communication with International Students in China: Perceptions of the Chinese Professoriate 5 The Significance of Silence: Variations in Perceptions and Experiences of "Silence" in International Classroom Settings

6 Being the Other in International Educational Settings: The Case of American Students’ Experiences in Mainland China 7 Informal Learning: Approaching Chinese Language and Culture in Authentic Contexts 8 Learning Environment, Academic Engagement and Personal Development: A Survey Study of International Undergraduate Students in China 9 International students in China: The Need for Us All to Unlearn

About the Editors

Mei Tian is a professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Her current research interests include international student experiences in China. She has published in Compare, Journal of Studies in International Education, and Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also holds several professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Sweden. He specialises in intercultural education, the sociology of multiculturalism and student and academic mobility.

Genshu Lu is Professor of Higher Education and Director of West China Higher Education Evaluation Centre and the Institute of Higher Education at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Prof. Lu specialised in the economics of education, Chinese higher education policy and higher education reforms in China.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General