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The Social Capital Experience of International Students in Australia: The Wollongong Experience




Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • International university students arrive in their host country

    denuded of supporting social networks and confronting unfamiliar cultural

    and educational institutions, an experience that adversely impacts on

    their wellbeing and academic performance. Our study extends these general

    notions in the recent literature by investigating how, and to what extent,

    students renew their social networks. We adopt the social capital framework

    and conduct a participant survey in order to categorise and measure these

    different investments in clubs, employment, and friendships. Our results

    reveal a high degree of variability of social capital renewal between

    students and, among the more active, there remained a tendency to build

    close networks only with students from their own county of origin.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2006

Web Of Science Accession Number


Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • International university students arrive in their host country

    denuded of supporting social networks and confronting unfamiliar cultural

    and educational institutions, an experience that adversely impacts on

    their wellbeing and academic performance. Our study extends these general

    notions in the recent literature by investigating how, and to what extent,

    students renew their social networks. We adopt the social capital framework

    and conduct a participant survey in order to categorise and measure these

    different investments in clubs, employment, and friendships. Our results

    reveal a high degree of variability of social capital renewal between

    students and, among the more active, there remained a tendency to build

    close networks only with students from their own county of origin.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2006

Web Of Science Accession Number