Understanding and supporting the Confucian heritage culture international students in Victorian independent schools: a perspective of school leaders

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Greater demand for quality post-secondary education has been seen in Asia, particularly in China. Many Western countries have seen a rise in international education. Increasingly, schools in Australia are embracing internationalisation policies, leading to an increase in international student enrolment before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. International students in school education are something of a little understood issue for educational scholars, policy makers and the general public. Leadership is seen as pivotal in the success of schools’ internationalisation program. By applying a mixed-method approach to collect data from an online Qualtrics survey and semi-structured interviews with independent school leaders in Australia, this paper reports how school leaders understand Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC) international students’ linguistic, cultural and educational contributions to schools, and their experience in supporting the international students to adapt into the new educational environments through various programs and strategies. This article also advocates that it is vital to respect the international students’ educational subjectivities generated in their ‘home’ countries when providing support programs to help them engage with new educational contexts in “host” nations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number377
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2021


  • Internationalization
  • Independent schools
  • Student support
  • CHC international students
  • school leadership

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