Adaptation Challenges of Domestic and International Students in a Russian English-medium Instruction University

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  • Natalia Volkova HSE University
  • Anatoliy A. Kolesov HSE University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12i2.3594

Keywords:

student adjustment, international students, student diversity, international education, Russia, English-medium instruction

Abstract

With the increasing focus on the internationalization of higher education, universities are developing student mobility. This paper examines the challenges experienced by domestic and international students who adapt to a Russian English-medium instruction university. A mixed-method approach with interviews and surveys was utilized to specify, evaluate, and discuss the students’ internationalization experiences in these educational settings. The results indicated that both groups of students mentioned different aspects of language barriers, friendship networks, and university social life as critical areas for adjustment. Domestic students avoid taking part in university social life, instead focusing on their academic performance, this fact probably rooted in the Russian approach to secondary education. The specific finding of the Russian educational landscape is a lack of differences between domestic and international students concerning academic integration. These suggest institutions to adopt more student-oriented adaptation mechanisms, informed by the concept of inclusion in education; these implications are discussed.

Author Biographies

Natalia Volkova, HSE University

Natalia Volkova, PhD in Psychologyis an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and the deputy of academic supervisor at English-medium instruction Master program Management and Analytics for Business at HSE University. Her research focuses on internationalization in higher education, student involvement in university life, and students’ association with the university brand. Email: nv.volkova@hse.ru

Anatoliy A. Kolesov , HSE University

Anatoliy A. Kolesov (orcid: 0000-0002-5281-5135)

Anatoliy A. Kolesov is a senior student of an English-medium instruction bachelor programme Sociology and Social Informatics at St. Petersburg School of Social Science and Area Studies, HSE University. Among his research interests are the internationalization of higher education, cross-cultural communication, and student experience. Email: aakolesov_1@edu.hse.ru

Published

2021-09-06

How to Cite

Volkova, N., & Kolesov , A. A. . (2021). Adaptation Challenges of Domestic and International Students in a Russian English-medium Instruction University. Journal of International Students, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12i2.3594

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