Multicultural Competence Awarness Among International Students
Keywords:culture, multicultural competence, international students, intercultural communication
When individuals move to a place where more than one culture coexists, they are now part of a multicultural society. In this respect one of the many reasons of the existence of multicultural societies is the student mobility phenomenon in which many students decide to live abroad to pursue their academic goals. Accordingly, these students face new cultural situations and there is no doubt that they need to use their multicultural competencies. However, are they aware of their own multicultural competence? Has the way they conceptualize it ever helped them to achieve their professional goals? In the present study such questions highlight the relevance to focus on the existing knowledge about multicultural competence of international students which might provide insights about the role of multicultural competence as an inherent aspect of life to achieve personal or professional goals and strength their intercultural communication. There are many studies that focus on the teachers’ multicultural competence and the importance of incorporating it in the programs. However not many of them focus on the way students conceptualize it and perceive it in their lives. Thus the purpose of this study was to describe and interpret the characteristics of multicultural awareness of seven international students studying tertiary education in the post graduate studies department at YSU. By using a qualitative research and making use of a questionnaire as main instrument, the findings showed that students have a high level of awareness and they mostly conceive it as a tool to achieve they professional goals.
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