International students who choose to study at an overseas university often do so with preconceived ideas and expectations. Meeting these expectations is sometimes problematic because differences in culture lead to varying models of learning and teaching, resulting in frustration and failure for students and dissatisfaction for teachers. This report investigates the pre-conceptions and expectations of overseas students’ before their departure for university and examines where and why misunderstandings occur. The study, which focuses on Asian students (mostly Chinese) traveling to Australia, suggests some explanations for this behaviour and proposes a model that could offer better integration of newly arrived international students.
16 p. (p. 66-81).
Proceedings of Research and Academic Papers in the 2007 Annual (26th) International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators Conference, pp. 66-81