22 SES 02 C, Strategic Practices of Inclusion & Exclusion
The increase in the contexts of intercultural interaction boosted the research on different aspects of intercultural communication practices. In today’s globalizing world internationalization of universities has become a significant topic under scrutiny. Students from different universities apply for the abroad universities to get full or partial education (i.e., Erasmus, Mevlana, Au-pair, graduate/undergraduate programs). Although educational internationalization in higher education level in some European countries and the United States has been a hot topic for a long time and research on relevant issues are abundant, in Turkish context international education and the adjustment of sojourners' is a recent issue and it can be considered as an understudied research topic.
In recent years, with opportunities of educational mobility offered to university students, the number of international students in Turkish universities has been considerably increasing (Kondakçı, 2011). People who live in a foreign country may face problems of adjustment. International students are not exempted from this process. Nevertheless, given their culturally diverse backgrounds, international students may experience adjustment strains within their host environment that are unique to them, such as cultural differences, language constraints, and social behaviors. The adaptation process and well- being of international students relies on their experiences in the host culture. As stated by the researchers the presence of international students alone does not mean that the institution or the students are reaping the benefits of internationalisation. It is inevitable that the readiness for intercultural communication of local students and university faculty is also important in this interaction. Considering this interactional change, the aim of this study is to investigate the relationship among language background, intercultural sensitivity, openness to experience and well-being of student sojourners in Turkey.
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