STUDENTS’ ADAPTATION IN MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Petya Dankova University of Economics - Varna 77, Kniaz Boris I Blvd. 9002 Varna BULGARIA
  • Petar Petrov University of Economics - Varna 77, Kniaz Boris I Blvd. 9002 Varna BULGARIA
Keywords: adaptation, multicultural environment, educational mobility

Abstract

Studying in a foreign country provides an opportunity for total immersion in another language and culture. Learning mobility is one of the fundamental ways in which young people can strengthen their future employability, as well as their intercultural awareness, personal development, creativity and active citizenship. The main problem which hinders the positive influence of mobility lies in the difficult acculturation. The aim of the research is to identify the factors which influence the adaptation process of mobility students.

Author Biographies

Petya Dankova, University of Economics - Varna 77, Kniaz Boris I Blvd. 9002 Varna BULGARIA

Assoc. Prof. Petya Dankova, PhD

Vice-Rector for International Co-operation and Project Management at the University of Economics - Varna. Has a valuable experience as a university lecturer in the field of human resources development, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and other valuable areas of interest. Leads lectures in English to foreign students in the Study programme International Business. Has been working in the area of biodiversity under the Bulgarian-Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme; Works as a consultant in research projects aimed at improving youth integration and education.

 

Petar Petrov, University of Economics - Varna 77, Kniaz Boris I Blvd. 9002 Varna BULGARIA

Assist. Prof. Petar Petrov

Deputy Director of the Digital and Distance Learning Center at the University of Economics - Varna. Has experience as a university lecturer in the fields of marketing, theory of management, HRM, information systems, online research. Approved to lead lectures in the Erasmus programme in English. Has participated as expert and trainer in several projects. Worked as a consultant on the development of corporate websites. Currently doing a PHD on work values in the international context.

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Published
2017-11-08