Language competency, group development and sociometric status of foreign students in Russian higher eduction institutions (a case study of Chinese students)



The article presents the results of an empirical study of Socio-psychological characteristics of group of Chinese students who are studying at Russian universities. 132 Chinese students aged between 18 to 26 years from Foundation course were involved in the study. Using investigational methods we found a correlation between language competence and sociometric and referentometric status of Chinese students throughout the academic year. It is expected that the acquired results are due to three factors: socio-psychological, where interpersonal relationships depend on the students' achievements; cultural-specific factors, where tenacity and diligence in work are valuable, and processes of socio-cultural adaptation.

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Keywords: student group, international students, Chinese students, group development, processes group formation, language competence

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Chibisova M.Y., Verchenova E.A. Language competency, group development and sociometric status of foreign students in Russian higher eduction institutions (a case study of Chinese students). Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2017. Vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 93–107. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2017080106. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Marina Y. Chibisova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Faculty of Pedagogics and Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

E. A. Verchenova, PhD student at the Chair of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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