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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Lynee Connelly


International student social engagement on university campuses is increasingly challenging as more students transfer from community colleges and commute from long distances. Furthermore, international student programming has traditionally viewed appropriate engagement behavior through the lens of the host campus’ cultural norms, not through the lens of the students’ native cultural attitudes and behavior. As a result, the programming is unrelatable, overlooks international students’ actual needs, and/or poorly attended. This case study at the University of Washington Tacoma, which was conducted by an international student advisor, used qualitative research methods to examine the ways in which cultural dimensions and contexts may influence an international student’s attitude and social behavior while studying at a university. Explorations of transfer and commuter identities are also evaluated as factors that impact international students’ social engagement.


Higher Education | International and Comparative Education | International and Intercultural Communication