Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Education, Administration.




This study explores the cultural conflicts experienced by Chinese international students in the University of Windsor. By interviewing fifteen Chinese international graduate students from different departments, this ethnographic study examines the cultural conflicts Chinese international graduate students confronted within their Canadian university experience. It was found that cultural conflicts play an important role for Chinese international students, both positive and negative, in achieving academic success. This study also discusses the communicative and interactive strategies Chinese international students use to adapt to a Canadian university. It also provides an insight into valuable strategies and potential support Chinese students need. The findings from this study suggest that educators should raise more awareness of the cultural differences in their classrooms and use appropriate multicultural teaching approaches to give Chinese students sufficient help and appropriate cultural space for them to adapt to the new culture. It calls on educators to build a more just and fair learning environment to make the Canadian university a better place for all students to learn and live. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .Y375. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1094. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.