International Students, Internet Usage, Mobile Internet, Socio Cultural Adaptation
S, Shubha H
Rani, Dr. Padma
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The forces of globalization have initiated student mobility between continents. Research reviews indicate that Internet is the most popular medium among the young people. The impact of Internet on human communication and social life has been a focus of study in different parts of the world. For an International student, residing temporarily in another country for the purpose of study, successful socio-cultural adaptation makes academic and non-academic life in the host country comfortable. Communication being the core of effective inter- personal and social adaptation, this paper investigates the importance of Internet for an international student and explores how it helps in the socio cultural adaptation process in the host country. From helping to live in a new country to connecting with family and friends to integrating with the academic system, this study explored the need of the International student to use the Internet. The methodology used was a survey followed by focus group discussion with a sample of International students and an in depth interview with an official at the international office at Hochschule Bremen university of applied sciences, Germany. The findings of the research show that Internet, particularly is a very useful medium for International students and they are very dependent on it in the process of socio cultural adaptation.