Friendship Networks and Satisfaction with Life Among International Exchange Students in a Korean University
This study aims to explore the relationship between friendship networks and satisfaction with life among international exchange students in a Korean university. Using a survey (N = 128), which includes approximately 70.8% of all the exchange students program participants in a selected university, this study applies the cohesive blocking method (Moody and White 2003) to measure the extent to which individuals are embedded in the exchange student community. The analysis comes up with two important findings. First, while the number of new local friends (i.e. Koreans) that these international students made is an important factor in estimating their satisfaction of life, the number of new non-Korean international student friends also has significant influence on their satisfaction of life. Second, in estimating students’ satisfaction with life, the embeddedness in overall international student community is a better predictor than the number of new friends that they made. Based on these findings, this study will discuss the implications of structural position in friendship networks.