Title

Study Abroad Decisions: Determinants and Consequences

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2014

Abstract

This study examined factors influencing students' decisions to study abroad and the perceived impact of such experiences. Findings identified intellectual and personal growth, career enhancement potential, ability to graduate on time, cost, and financial aid availability as the most important "program-related" considerations, and exposure to other cultures and desire to live independently as key "non-program" factors. Development of deeper intercultural understanding, sensitivity, global mindedness, interpersonal skills, and tolerance were the key learning. Factor analysis confirmed "Cultural Understanding and Personal Growth" and "Cultural Tolerance" as the top decision criteria. Statistically significant differences were observed with respect to study abroad locations.

Publication Name

Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice

Volume Number

14

First Page

69

Last Page

80

Issue Number

1