INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ADJUSTMENT CHALLENGES IN INDONESIA, Emehinola Taiwo Temitayo

Abstract
The need to understand the adjustment challenges of international students cannot be overemphasized, especially international students studying at non-English universities. When international students’ challenges are not adequately taken care of it can affect the psychological well-being of these students. This study explored the adjustment challenges of international students in Indonesia. An Interview was used to collect data from international students. Findings revealed that participants experienced language barriers, isolation from classmates, cultural differences, unpunctuality, financial problems, and technical problems. These problems led to excessive emotions, lack of understanding of what is communicated in the class, inability to build a good rapport with domestic students, academic stress, and lack of trust. Participants adopted coping styles like managing finances, seeking help from classmates and international students and suppressive coping (i.e. avoidance of coping and denial of problems) to adapt to their challenges.

Keywords: Adjustment, International Students, Challenges