The Evolution of Chinese Students' Motivations to Study Abroad in the U.S.

Bartel, Alison Elizabeth (2015) The Evolution of Chinese Students' Motivations to Study Abroad in the U.S. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Weixing Chen from Public Policy, University of Mississippi.

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Through interviews conducted in Nanjing, China during Fall 2014, this thesis sought to examine Chinese students’ motivations to study abroad in the U.S. and how those motivations have changed over time in the context of Chinese and U.S. policy since reform and opening. Research showed that since 1979, Chinese students have more freedom of choice and economic means to expand their study abroad opportunities. Until now, the United States has been Chinese students’ primary destination of choice, but according to modern-day Chinese college students, other similarly developed countries are beginning to draw more and more Chinese students, who may choose countries like Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada in place of, or in addition to, the U.S. Furthermore, as Chinese students see more countries’ study abroad programs as equal, they are more likely to consider more practical factors such as program costs, preferential visa policies, and existing connections within the country as they make their destination choices.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Bartel, Alison Elizabeth
Student's Degree Program(s): International Studies; Chinese
Thesis Advisor: Weixing Chen
Thesis Advisor's Department: Public Policy
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Ms. Alison Bartel
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 20:52
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 20:52

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