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Nyunt, Gudrun

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


This dissertation examined the acculturation experience of community college international students in the hopes of providing practitioners with a guide on best support practices. Considering the important contributions international students at community colleges make to the economy and the diverse environment at community colleges, it is essential that community college campuses provide effective academic, social, and cultural support in order to retain international students and to remain relevant in the international recruitment field. This study addresses the gap in the current literature on community college international students and provides institutional leadership with a foundation of knowledge and strategies to improve international student access, retention and success. Interviews with 12 international students at a community college in Illinois led to the following five themes: the need for improving international student experiences with transition and onboarding, the influences of language barriers and establishment of the proper mindset, the role academic experiences play in acculturation, the need to enhance opportunities for socialization and interpersonal relationships, and the impact of institutional culture on the acculturation experience emerged from the analysis.


158 pages




Northern Illinois University

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