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ERIC Number: EJ1135354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Personal and Professional Challenges and Benefits of Studying Abroad
Milian, Madeline; Birnbaum, Matthew; Cardona, Betty; Nicholson, Bonnie
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v5 n1 Spr 2015
Completing studies abroad is a global trend that has placed the United States in the enviable position of being the most desirable destination for those considering post secondary education. Institutions of higher education are increasingly devoting efforts to attract international students as they bring both financial and cultural benefits to the institution. This study engaged international students attending Regional Western University (RMU), to learn about reasons for selecting the institution and the perceived barriers and benefits of studying abroad. Our participants agreed that having had a friend or relative who attended RMU previously was an influential factor for selection. Some challenges included language barriers in the academic context; lacking knowledge of culturally expected classroom practices; transferring new learning to context in the native country; and finding housing off-campus. Participants agreed that the cultural awareness and competence that studying abroad provided was the most significant asset to them in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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