The Role of Supervisor Support, Self-efficacy, and Language Competence in Academic Adaptation of International Graduate Students in Central China

  •  Cherry Kyaw San    
  •  Hui Guo    


This study examined the influence of supervisor support, self-efficacy, and language competence on the academic adaptation of international graduate students. Quantitative data were collected from a sample of 410 international graduate students at five universities in central China. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were conducted and results showed that supervisor support, self-efficacy, English competence were the significant predictors for the academic adaptation of the international students. Contrary to prediction, the host language (Chinese) did not predict their academic adaptation and possible reasons were discussed. These findings contribute to the growing knowledge in the field of international education, supporting main previous studies. The observed predicting roles of the identified factors imply intriguing considerations for higher education institutions in China to provide interventions for international students with the aim of facilitating smooth adaptation to the new academic context.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4741
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-475X
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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