Adaptation of International Students to University Reality in Kazakhstan (on the Example of WKMU)

https://doi.org/10.32996/jhsss.2021.3.5.4

Authors

  • Jay Kumar Gahwal General Medicine Student, West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University
  • Anara Urkunova Senior Lecturer, the Department of Languages, West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University; the Department of the English and German languages
  • Gulzhana Jenalayeva PhD, Associate Professor, the Department of Languages, West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University; the Department of the English and German languages, K. Zhubanov Aktobe Regional University, Aktobe city, the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Aigul Kupenova Senior Lecturer, the Department of Languages, West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University; the Department of the English and German languages
  • Gulmira Nurgaliyeva Senior Lecturer, the Department of Languages, West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University; the Department of the English and German languages

Keywords:

International students, adaptation, socio-cultural adaptation, higher education, adjustment, the university

Abstract

One of the most important topics for Kazakhstani universities in the context of internationalization of higher education is the successful adaptation of international students to a university setting. A high level of students' adaptation, socially and psychologically comfortable conditions for them may increase the number of international students in Kazakhstan from the perspective. The article analyzes the main aspects of international students` socio-cultural adaptation at the West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov Medical University, Aktobe, the Republic of Kazakhstan (WKMU). A sociological survey was conducted among the Indian students of the Faculty of General Medicine. Challenges of international students at WKMU include the language barrier, the difference in assessment, and education systems in India and Kazakhstan. A favourable condition for the socio-cultural adaptation of international students at WKMU is the organization of intercultural interaction and cooperation of students in the educational space of the university. The results of the study are offered to be taken into consideration by administrative structures, responsible for supervising international students at the university.

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2021-05-26

How to Cite

Gahwal, J. K., Urkunova, A. ., Jenalayeva, G. ., Kupenova, A. ., & Nurgaliyeva, G. . (2021). Adaptation of International Students to University Reality in Kazakhstan (on the Example of WKMU). Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies, 3(5), 31-35. https://doi.org/10.32996/jhsss.2021.3.5.4