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      Adapting to a new learning environment: Mainland Chinese students studying in master’s degree programmes in Hong Kong

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          This article investigated the learning experiences of mainland Chinese students in master’s degree programmes in Hong Kong. Using a qualitative research approach, 20 mainland Chinese students in master’s degree programmes in a first-tier Hong Kong university were interviewed. It observed, first, that mainland Chinese students appreciate the teaching and learning approaches adopted in Hong Kong, but that they take some time to adapt. Thanks to heavy financial support from parents and parental expectations, they are pressed to adapt as soon as possible and get high marks in the one-year programmes in Hong Kong. Second, the mainland Chinese students’ previous experiences of participating in campus activities in mainland China and their instrumental views of learning restrict their involvement in informal learning through campus activities. Third, their limited interaction with local and foreign students constrains the development of their intercultural competence.

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                London Review of Education
                LRE
                UCL Press (UK )
                1474-8479
                21 July 2020
                : 18
                : 2
                : 250-264
                Affiliations
                The Chinese University of Hong Kong
                Xian Jiaotong University, China
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                Corresponding author: Email: mhlai@ 123456cuhk.edu.hk
                Article
                10.14324/LRE.18.2.08
                Copyright © 2020 Lai and Lu

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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