HomeAdvancing Social Science Researchvol. 1 no. 1 (2012)

Adjustment Experiences of Foreign Students in Liceo de Cagayan University: A Basis for Program Recommendation to the Guidance Center

Reynaldo J. Sual | Hazzel Glen M. Damasing | Chrizelle Joy S. Jumao-as | Agee J. Sy



The study was conducted to determine the rate of foreign student’s adjustments in Liceo de Cagayan University (LDCU). Specifically, the study delved into (1) the profile of the respondents in terms of their age, gender, nationality, course, no. of years in LDCU; (2) the extent of their cultural, socialization, interaction, communication, and conflict adjustments; and (3) the significant difference between the profile of the respondents and their adjustments experiences. Using the descriptive research design, ten foreign respondents were chosen from the original twelve. The findings of the study revealed the following: Most (50%) of the respondents were between 18-20 years old and the majority (60%) were males. Majority of the respondents (60%) were Koreans and half of them (50%) took Bachelor of Arts courses, while the rest were distributed into the following courses: BSEd, BS Psych, BSPT, BSBA, and BST-HRM. The respondents describe their cultural adjustment as fair (2.30). While their socialization (2.68), interaction (2.74), and communication (2.60) adjustments are described as good,respectively. However, the conflict adjustment (3.18) indicates that the respondents often encounter difficulty in adjusting when confronted with complicated situations in dealing with their classmates. It was also found that the personal demographic profiles of respondents like age and gender did not affect their adjustment experiences. This implies that the adjustment process is quite the same for both genders and across all ages. Since the data revealed that foreign students had some degree of difficulties with their cultural adjustments, there are some activities that must be offered by the University to make the foreign students adjust easily to their new environment. They would be able to appreciate the Filipino culture if they will undergo cultural immersion programs.