Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

James Barton


Review of literature suggests that studies of coping strategies used by international students in their cross cultural adjustment were needed. Using interview and qualitative methodology, this study investigated the coping strategies of 24 international students from Taiwan at a small university on the northeast coast of the United States of America. A personally administered questionnaire was developed and used to obtain the demographic information and the cross-cultural adjustment experience. A in-depth interview was conducted to gather more details. The data was coded and analyzed qualitatively. The results are presented in major categories including individual problem-solving, information-seeking, support-seeking and inaction (attentive inaction, passive inaction and temporary inaction).

Lack of essential information and support from the host environment, students solve their problem in their own way. Implications for institutional facilitation and instructors/advisors as well as for future research were recommended.



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