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Academic Acculturation Among International Graduate Students at Mahidol University

Ketsarin Sirichuanjun 1, Natkamol Chansatitporn 2, Chawewon Boonshuya 3, and Oranut Pacheun 2
1. Faculty of Public Health, Kalasin University, Kalasin, Thailand
2. Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
3. Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract—Acculturation is conceptualized through the use of the term adaption to life in a foreign environment, it has also been shown to influence knowledge, attitudes that shape and influence physical, mental and health behaviors. The purpose of this study is to simultaneously examine associations between factors predicting and academic acculturation among international graduate students. The study is conducted on international graduate students at Mahidol University who enrolled and studying in all graduate programs. Data was collected during the second semester in the first year from all international students studying Master degree, Doctoral degree and Diploma program in the Graduate School. Total 192 self-administered questionnaires were returned. The multiple regression analysis was used to investigate the association between factors and academic acculturation. The result of this study showed the variables, the better their perceived on own health and the more age were significantly related to the academic acculturation (b= 0.61, p < 0.01 and b= 0.22, p < 0.05, respectively). Further research should be conducted to investigate class satisfaction, comparison on acculturation and more University expansion in Thailand. 
Index Terms—academic acculturation, international graduate students, mahidol university, multiple regression analysis

Cite: Ketsarin Sirichuanjun, Natkamol Chansatitporn, Chawewon Boonshuya, and Oranut Pacheun, "Academic Acculturation Among International Graduate Students at Mahidol University," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 295-299, December 2017. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.3.4.295-299