ALLEVIATING CULTURE SHOCK EXPERIENCE AMONG NIGERIAN STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD: EFFECTS ON MIGRATED NIGERIAN STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD
Lillian I. Olagoke-Oladokun, Mahani Mokhtar, Zainudin Bin Hassan
This study is an exploratory research aimed at investigating social cultural factors that are problematic to Nigerian students studying abroad using Malaysia as a study area. This is with a view of alleviating the culture shock experience among them. Extensive qualitative research approach was employed through personal interview with 20 participants with the aid of semi-structured questionnaires. Content and thematic analysis was adopted for data analysis. The study revealed the determinant factors of culture shock experience among Nigerian students. The originality of the study was to enable students migrating from Nigeria to be aware of what they will likely to experience in getting to abroad for study and get them prepared. This will assist in reducing the effect of culture shocks among them. The study suggested some workable ways to assist Nigerian students, the institution and the Malaysian ministry of higher education through which the post graduate program can be more effective and attract more international students.
Culture, Culture Shock, Food, Language, Malaysia, Nigerian Students