Publication Date

2019-05-08

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2019-05-08

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication (Communication)

Date of Defense

2019-04-02

First Committee Member

Wanhsiu Tsai

Second Committee Member

Weiting Tao

Third Committee Member

Tywan G. Martin

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand international student-athletes in their process of adaptation upon arrival to the United States and their issues and obstacles they might face. It also aims to provide universities, schools, and coaches with insights on different communication approaches with international student-athletes. By adopting one-on-one interviews, this study offers important implications on how to best communicate with international student-athletes during the process of recruitment, as well as how to understand the “American” style of management or communication by using Hofstede’s two dimensions; power distance and uncertainty avoidance and Hall’s high and low context culture. The results also benefit prospective international student- athletes in the understanding of different communication styles in the United States and their potential hardships.

Keywords

Hofstede, cultural dimensions, power distance, international student-athletes, uncertainty avoidance

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