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Adult Third Culture Kids Survey


Growing up in three different countries, between two cultures and two languages before I turned 18 has significantly shaped me to be the person I am today. I learned in my mid-20s that others with a similar background are often called “Third Culture Kids (TCKs)”. This made me curious to find out more. We TCKs are growing in numbers due to the impact of globalization and heightened international lifestyles. I soon discovered that a lot of research has already been conducted on TCKs as children, teenagers and people in their early twenties. However, less research has been directed towards TCKs as adults.

After working full-time for a while myself, I decided to go for my PhD, conduct my own research and contribute to the growing academic knowledge about “Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs)”. I reasoned that a TCK upbringing probably continues to affect us as adults and the way we work in our jobs. Focusing on ATCKs in my research work, I would like to find out if Adult TCKs have attained and developed specific skills and competence, which they are able to use in their daily professional work-life.


This questionnaire has four different sections.

  1. Pre-Screening Questions
  2. Questions on Your Linguistic Skills
  3. Questions on Your Intercultural Competence
  4. Background Information


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