Saudi International Students in Minnesota: A Preliminary Study of Acculturation by Time Spent Studying English in the United States


Fall 12-11-2014



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Julia Reimer

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Anne DeMuth

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Brynja Gudjonsson


This capstone addressed the question: How does time spent studying English in the United States affect the acculturation of Saudi international students? It utilized Barry’s (2001) acculturation survey to investigate 10 Saudi international students. It described how individuals adjust to new cultural environments and how they can be categorized into domains of acculturation based on Berry’s (2001) research. It investigated if increased time spent studying English resulted in more participants operating in the domains of assimilation and integration. The author discussed the survey results and described how the participants were categorized into domains of acculturation. It showed that most of the participants scored higher in the domains of separation and marginalization than in the domains of assimilation and integration regardless of time spent studying English in the United States.


Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs

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