ERIC Number: ED331405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Sponsorship and Leverage: Sources of Support and Field of Study Decisions of Students from Developing Countries. IIE Research Report Number Nineteen.
Wagner, Alan P.; And Others
The study examined the influence of financial sources on field of study decisions of non-sponsored and sponsored students from developing countries at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Findings are based on analysis of survey responses of 868 foreign students from five countries (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Nigeria) studying at 20 U.S. colleges and universities. Major findings included the following: (1) a large proportion of foreign students are nonsponsored but sponsorship is dramatically more important for graduate students than for undergraduates; (2) for students receiving sponsor assistance, there has been an inadequate attempt to leverage funding by making use of personal, family, or institutional resources; (3) the relationship between sponsorship and the intention to return home is strong and could probably be increased by tying some aid to employment/return requirements; (4) there is no evidence that sponsorship has been effective as a force to redress inequities or promote social inclusion of under-represented groups; (5) sponsor support does influence field of study choices; and (6) better means are needed to provide incentives and information to students to promote congruence between their preferences and the goals of sponsoring institutions. Data are detailed in 28 tables. Includes 13 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Decision Making, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Influences, Majors (Students), Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Study
Institute of International Education Inc., 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute of International Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Brazil; Egypt; Indonesia; Jamaica; Nigeria