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international student, cultural identity


The aim of the research is to explore the cultural adjustment challenges faced by international students in Ontario. Specifically, this study examined how studying in Canada affects the cultural identity of international students and how international students' cultural identity affected their learning experiences in Canada. Using a qualitative methodology, using interviews as a data collection tool, a total of 10 international students from different colleges and universities across Ontario were engaged virtually with 7 open ended questions through which participants shared their experiences of settling into the Canadian Culture. Participants shared their experiences of cultural adjustment highlighting culture shock, challenges with socialization and the role of community in easing their cultural adjustment challenges. The unique contribution of our study is the various changes the international students had to make to their cultural identities to fit into the Canadian culture whereas this did not feature in any of the existing literature we had reviewed. Also, we found that globalization has made it easier for international students to navigate the cultural identity challenges they face.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Afrifa, J., Leo-Olagbaye, O. (2024). International students and cultural identity [Unpublished poster]. Sheridan College.