International students from Melbourne describing their cross-cultural transitions experiences: Culture shock, social interaction, and friendship development

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Drawing from a study that explored how international students experience cross-cultural transitions after living and studying in Melbourne for a few years, this paper, in particular, examines the participants' experiences with culture shock, social interaction, and friendship development. The findings include narratives of their personal stories and perspectives on social engagement and friendship ties with a particular focus on variables including cultural similarity, intercultural communication competence, intercultural friendship, and relational identity to influence their experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number432
Pages (from-to)499-521
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of International Students
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Cross-cultural transition experiences
  • Culture shock
  • Friendship development
  • International students
  • Social interaction

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