Time for a Change
Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder
Chapter 6: From euphoria to letting go: experiences of cross-cultural adaptation of international academics in UK higher education
This chapter contributes to the research that seeks to understand the experiences of international academics who work in cross-cultural educational settings. Drawing on a qualitative study, foreign-born academics, who are pursuing careers in UK universities, recounted personal experiences in relation to their professional and social adaptation. These experiences were reflected in four phases that highlight the transitory themes that influenced and hindered the adaptation of international academics. Consideration is given to the resilience needed by these academics to adapt to their new social and working environments, albeit at a particularly heavy emotional toll. The value of this study is that it provides knowledge about behavioural patterns and perceptions of what the pursuit of internationalisation means for international academics in the UK specifically, which is not widely available in educational literature, and discusses the implications for individuals and for institutions.
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