This study focuses on the factors influencing students' intercultural adaptation stress and strategies in the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program. A total of 355 questionnaires were distributed to Chinese institutions participating in the Program, and the results were statistically analyzed. This study revealed that the number of local friends, the length of stay in the US, the motivation to study abroad, and the expectation to study abroad negatively influence the intercultural adaptation stress of the students. The greater the number of local friends, the longer the length of stay, the stronger the motivation and expectation of studying abroad, their intercultural adaptation strategies favor integration and assimilation. Based on the findings, this study examines which teaching and learning management methods Chinese institutions should apply to help students reduce the negative effects of intercultural adaptation stress and choose intercultural adjustment strategies for integration and assimilation when undertaking teaching and learning activities for the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program.
Cai Yue Yue, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Nor Akmar Nordin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia