Study Abroad Decisions: Determinants and Consequences
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.
Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice
Movassaghi, Hormoz; Unsal, Fahri; and Gocer, Kenan, "Study Abroad Decisions: Determinants and Consequences" (2014). Finance and International Business Faculty Publications. 10.