International students are a continuously growing population in the United States (Institute of International Education, 2013). Upon arriving in a new country, cultural differences often influence students' preferred media. This paper explores the association between cultural adaptation and media selection among international students in the United States. Uses and gratifications theory is used as a theoretical foundation. A survey was administered to collect data about motives for consuming news, entertainment and sports media content, and level of cultural adaptation among students from different cultural backgrounds. The results suggest the correlation is more relevant for sports, showing that when international students feel more proud towards their own culture they are likely to consume sports to find their culture's values reflected, as well to keep current with news and events of the world, and also to learn from the American culture.

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Students, Foreign--Cultural assimilation--United States; Mass media--Social aspects--United States; Consumer behavior--United States

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Communication and Media Technologies (MS)

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Department of Communication (CLA)


Patrick Scanlon

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Andrea Hickerson

Advisor/Committee Member

Sara Armengot


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at HM841 .M47 2014


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