Working Paper 80
The Integration Experiences of International Academics at Japanese Universities
Published January 2022

This study is devoted to exploring international academics’ integration experiences at Japanese universities via semi-structured interviews with 40 international faculty with various backgrounds. The analysis indicates that the complex academic environment at Japanese universities has caused the integration of many international academics to be fraught with numerous constraints, and they tend to seek individualistic solutions to navigate their professional and social lives. The study extends the scope of previous studies by analyzing the potential factors affecting their integration and indicates that more efforts should be paid to the root causes of these issues to create an accommodating and inclusive academic environment.

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