ERIC Number: ED246710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Fondness and Frustration: The Impact of American Higher Education on Foreign Students with Special Reference to the Case of Brazil.
Goodwin, Craufurd D.; Nacht, Michael
The effects of U.S. higher education on foreign students from Brazil were investigated in 1982. Attention was directed to: changes in attitudes toward the U.S. and Brazilian economies, and especially economic relations with the United States; ongoing ties of foreign alumni to the United States and to the colleges attended; and the impact of changed social, political, or economic views on the individual. Interviews were conducted with foreign student undergraduates; graduate students of business and management; graduate students in engineering and other technical fields; and doctoral candidates in a range of fields. None of the students regretted having studied in the United States. However, least happy outcomes were reported by undergraduate alumni, and many reported alienation from Brazilian society upon their return. Graduate school alumni had a much more uniformly positive experience. Many Brazilians were positively affected by U.S. business schools' emphasis on problem solving. Graduate engineering alumni felt that U.S. training put them at the cutting-edge of technology. Post-return frustrations emerged in dealing with government regulations and in continuing work in advanced problems. Recommendations for U.S. government, American colleges, and national/international organizations are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, College Students, Culture Conflict, Doctoral Programs, Economic Factors, Engineering, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
Communications Division, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Institute of International Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Brazil; United States
Note: Foreword by Luiz Bevilacqua, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Support also received from the Landegger Charitable Foundation.