Honors Theses


Karen Abney Korn


Anthropology and International Studies

Publication Date

Spring 4-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis


International students, particularly students studying abroad for a limited period of time, face certain challenges in entering and adjusting to a new cultural environment. This research focuses on different acculturative stressors including language, differences in nonverbal communication, discrimination, and academic pressure. By comparing and contrasting the perspectives of various students with the researcher’s experience, this qualitative study provides insight into the lived experience of international students and the research through on-site fieldwork conducted over a year on university campuses in South Korea and Morocco. It discusses the results of the undertaken research and offers suggestions for resolving or minimizing these acculturative challenges.

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Undergraduate research


Anthropology | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences