Supporting acculturation and fostering connected relationships with local community in Vancouver Island University
The purpose of the current study was to find solutions for university communities to support acculturation by helping international students get involved on campus and connected with local students. Recent research has found that international students suffer from many difficulties in both daily life and university studies, including psychological problems such as depression. Research has also demonstrated the impact of acculturation and given suggestions for universities to support acculturation. The current study involved seven international students in a focus group interview about their experiences attending activities at Vancouver Island University and their preferences for activities regarding orientation programs, recreational activities and clubs, professional development workshops, and social and cultural events. It showed potential implications for Vancouver Island University including ways the campus might support acculturation and improve international students’ wellbeing both in their studies and their lives on campus.