Global Education in Non-native English-speaking Countries, Challenges and Opportunities: A Focus on Indonesian Students at a Selected Japanese University


Research has shown that generation Z is much more eager to include global education in their lives. The experience of studying in another culture, especially in an international context, is seen as a necessity. The most popular study destination for international students has been countries where English is spoken as a native language. In more recent years, however, non-English-speaking countries, are also offering global education and have attracted international students. This research aims to reveal the experiences of international students in non-English- speaking countries with some focus on culture and language issues. Following an empirical viewpoint, six Indonesian undergraduate students at a selected university in Japan were surveyed and interviewed on their motivations and expectations for studying in Japan and on the challenges they encountered. The findings suggest that culture, language, and quality of education are important motivations for choosing to study in Japan. During their first year, these international students face a number of academic, cultural, linguistic and climatic challenges. However they have no reservations about their future careers in the global world despite being educated in non-native English-speaking country.

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Clara Evi Citraningtyas, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia
Karina Viella Darminto, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

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Conference: ACL2020
Stream: Language and Culture

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