Intercultural Communication Challenges Among International Students Studying in Malaysia

By Vimala Perumal, Somayeh Varzandeh, Mohamed Ibrahim Omar and Ezhar Tamam.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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A nation as richly diversified as Malaysia has long achieved an intercultural balance among the local races. The influx of foreign students in recent years has seen an increase in the number of poor results among the foreign students in local academic institutions. In order to strive as a hub for academic excellence for both local and foreign students, there is a need to tackle this issue from a Malaysian context. This paper addresses the intercultural communication challenges faced by the international students while studying in Malaysia in the attempt to identify the source of the problem. We have determined that there is a correlation between poor intercultural communication among the international students and local community with the degradation of the academic results. Through phenomenological research methodology, this paper examines how culture and language influence the interaction between students of different cultural groups, the difficulties faced by international students in and outside the classroom and the solutions to the intercultural communication problem.

Keywords: International Students, Intercultural Communication, Communication Challenges

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.107-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.127MB).

Vimala Perumal

Lecturer, Centre for Innovative Education, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Vimala Perumal was born in 1982, Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. Vimala graduated from Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia, in the field of film and animation in 2003. Upon graduation, Vimala started her career in teaching visual research and communication at Multimedia University, where she obtained her Masters degree in knowledge management. Vimala was the production manager of the Malaysian feature film Chemman Chaalai (The Gravel Road) and the producer and scriptwriter for the feature film Chalanggai (Dancing Bells). The recent achievements of Vimala includes the winning script for their feature film entitled Chalanggai (Dancing Bells) from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and a film grant from the National Geographic All Roads Film Project. Vimala is currently pursuing her doctorate studies.

Somayeh Varzandeh

Postgraduate Student, Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mohamed Ibrahim Omar

Postgraduate Student, Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Ezhar Tamam

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Modern Language and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ezhar Tamam completed his formal secondary education at King George V, Seremban, Malaysia. He obtained his PhD in Communication in 1994 from University of Oklahoma, USA. He is the Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation at Faculty of Modern Language and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interests cover media and intercultural communication.

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