A Study of Indonesian Students’ Culture Shock and Adaptation to The Malaysian Education System

Aini Nabila Ikhwanudin, Masrupi Masrupi, Eri Rahmawati


This research aims to determine Indonesian students’ culture shock toward the Malaysian Education System while studying at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The researcher used qualitative methods and employed participant observation, and semi-structured interviews. The subject of this research was Indonesian students at Universiti Sains Malaysia. More than 20 Indonesian students studied at USM, but only selected participants whom being observed by the researcher. Based on observation and interviews, it appears that students are experiencing culture shock, especially in education. There are several differences between the education systems in Indonesia and Malaysia, which led to this situation. One of them is the tutorial class, which is different from Indonesia. While experiencing cultural shock, students can adapt to the new environment by hanging out with friends and asking their friends or locals to help them deal with their problems, making student life easier. Thus, the researcher concludes that Indonesian students have experienced culture shock at Universiti Sains Malaysia but have managed to cope.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30870/aiselt.v8i1.22235


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