Factors Affecting Adaptability of International Students in Malaysia during COVID-19 Pandemic

Mengtian Xie, Walton Wider, Subashini K. Rajanthran, Ling Shing Wong, Choon Kit Chan, Siti Sarah Maidin, Nurul Aliah Mustafa


It is crucial to investigate adaptability in the context of COVID-19, as evidence suggests that difficulties posed by adaptability can be exacerbated during times of crisis. International students encounter additional pressures during this period, which might impair their capacity to stay and prosper in a new place. In light of this context, the purpose of this study is to examine the factors that contribute to the adaptability of international university students in Malaysia, namely the academic system, acculturation, and social support. A cross-sectional research design was used, and the research instruments were adapted from a number of previous studies. A total of one hundred thirty online questionnaires were filled out by international students in Malaysia. The research hypotheses were evaluated using SPSS Version 27.0. All predictors were found to have a statistically significant and positive effect on the adaptability of international students. This research aims to shed light on educational management strategies for addressing the adaptability challenges faced by most international students within COVID-19 by illuminating the key drivers that influence adaptability.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jct.v12n1p100


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