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“Home” often becomes an complicated concept for international students. The concept of “home” itself can be seen as something that is particular to the individual experience, one that stems from the social networks created by the individual in question.

Due to the migratory nature of international students, their identity in relation to home no longer remains singular; instead, they maintain multiple identities based on changing ideas of home (Gomes 4). One identity may become more dominant than another, as the model derived by E.L Olmada in his study of international student relations implies. International students may begin to see their host culture as their own, therefore shunning the cultures of their original home (1067-70).

Despite these understandings however, current communication technologies allow for International students to remain connected to both their home cultures, families and even friends in various locations. These forms of technology, such as Skype or social media therefore, creates a situation where students are constantly maintain a sense of belonging or connectivity in imagined spaces (Leong 559-572). International students are thus able to maintain their own familiar form of home-based identity while simultaneously creating another identity in their host culture, allowing them to both understand what exactly it may take to recreate their concept of home in a foreign land while also growing and creating a more adaptive form of “home”.

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