Intersectionality and International Student Identities in Transition

  • Nancy ArthurEmail author
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


A growing number of international students leave their home countries to study in degree and short-term training programs in destination countries. More attention has been paid to the counselling needs of international students during the initial transition than the re-entry transition when students are preparing to leave destination countries and return home. Although counsellors need to be aware of the common issues that surface during cross-cultural transitions, they also need to be able to assess the unique influences on students’ cultural identities and the interplay of social processes in both home and destination countries. This chapter focuses on culture-infused counselling (CIC; Collins & Arthur, 2010a, 2010b) and the revised CIC framework presented in Chap.  2), in a case example involving a single session with an international student. Readers are invited to reflect about their personal cultural identities, the multiple and intersecting identities of their clients, ways to strengthen a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and forms of advocacy to support international learners during cross-cultural transitions.


International students Culture-infused counselling Re-entry transition Intersectionality Cultural identities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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