Intercultural communication experiences of foreign students with a focus on their perspectives of national, cultural and ethnic identity : case of exchange and degree students in Jyväskylä, Finland

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dc.contributor.author Natarova, Tatiana
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-18T08:25:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-18T08:25:31Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011121811816 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37101
dc.description.abstract The aim of the study is to learn about intercultural communication experiences of foreign Exchange and Master degree students in Jyväskylä, Finland with a particular attention to the perspective of national, cultural and ethnic identity concepts. The study is qualitative in nature. The goal in creating the interview themes was to cover a variety of topics to allow the informants to speculate on different situations related to intercultural communication experiences in Jyväskylä, their country of origin and their national, cultural and ethnic identity. To reach the diverse perspectives on the subject individuals of different cultural origin were interviewed. The interview group involved Exchange and Degree students coming from South Korea, Germany, Nigeria, China, Taiwan and Cyprus. The informants arrived to Finland 7-8 month prior to the interview. The results indicate that interviewed students in most of the cases felt excitement on arrival to Finland. Entrance into a new culture was not accompanied by a culture shock. The culture shock occurred when students experienced culture fatigue and language shock. However, it is noteworthy that academic environment did not bring challenges to the interviewed students mainly due to the university significant support for international students such as orientation week, tutor program, diverse students’ activities on campus and services offered by international office. Multicultural university environment and communication with people of other cultural background states in contrast to daily interactions with culturally similar individuals at home. Both abstract and culture-specific knowledge about communication with culturally different groups influenced on students’ national identity. In most of the cases, multicultural university environment made students identify and strengthen to certain extent their national identity. At the same time an outsider’s perspective at their native cultures and integration to a new environment brought some changes to students’ behavioral repertoire, language capabilities and orientations. However, individual sense of ethnic, cultural or national identity is a complex ongoing process that develops over time and through communication with others, thus it is never stable and tends to change as society does.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other intercultural communication experiences
dc.subject.other foreign/international students
dc.subject.other national
dc.subject.other cultural
dc.subject.other ethnic identity
dc.title Intercultural communication experiences of foreign students with a focus on their perspectives of national, cultural and ethnic identity : case of exchange and degree students in Jyväskylä, Finland
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011121811816
dc.subject.ysa kulttuurienvälinen viestintä
dc.subject.ysa vaihto-opiskelijat
dc.subject.ysa kulttuuri-identiteetti
dc.subject.ysa identiteetti
dc.subject.ysa etninen identiteetti
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Humanistinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Humanities en
dc.contributor.laitos Viestintätieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Communication en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Intercultural Communication (maisteriohjelma) fi
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