Key Factors Influencing Chinese Students’ Academic Adjustment

  • Jiani Zhu
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


Based on the results of the preceding empirical research, this chapter discusses the influence of background, university environment, and personal factors on Chinese students’ academic adjustment. In terms of background factors, the author asserts that general German language proficiency, discipline-based knowledge, interdisciplinary knowledge, cultural norms, and communication patterns together compose the great ‘German language difficulty’ experienced by the Chinese students. As far as the factor of university environment is concerned, academic support offered by lecturers, fellow students, and faculty members, among others, play a decisive role in improving Chinese students’ learning experience in the host universities. Regarding students’ personal factors, this research shows that students who adopt an open attitude and avoid non-academic part-time employment adjust faster to the learning environment.


International Student Chinese Student German Language Chinese Participant Academic Support 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiani Zhu
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  1. 1.Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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