Vietnamese Graduate International Student Repatriates: Reverse Adjustment

  • Anh T. Le University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
  • Barbara Y. LaCost University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
Keywords: Vietnamese international students, reverse culture shock, international student readjustment, international student repatriate

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of Vietnamese international students who have returned to Vietnam after graduation from a U.S. higher education institution. The findings suggest that participants found it harder to readjust to Vietnam than to adjust to the U.S. even though they had lived most of their lives in Vietnam. Time in the U.S. had changed them considerably, making it difficult for them to fit back into their old lives in Vietnam. Most of them did not expect to experience reserve culture shock, and most had made real efforts to fit back into the Vietnamese environment and culture.

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Author Biographies

Anh T. Le, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States

ANH T. LE, PhD, is currently an academic advisor/success coach for international students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her research focuses on factors contributing to international students’ success and identity development in undergraduate and graduate education in the United States. 

Barbara Y. LaCost, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States

BARBARA Y. LACOST, PhD, is an associate professor in Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has more than four decades of experience in the field of educational administration. She holds a doctorate from Louisiana State University. She has written several monographs and articles on educational administration, educational budgeting, and women in educational leadership. 

Published
2017-07-01
How to Cite
Le, A., & LaCost, B. (2017). Vietnamese Graduate International Student Repatriates: Reverse Adjustment. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 449-466. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.203
Section
Research Articles