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ERIC Number: EJ1144812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1523-1615
Study Abroad during College: Comparison between China and the United States
Li, Jing; Guo, Fei; You, You
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v19 n2 p111-139 Spr 2017
Study abroad can be a life-changing experience, but evidence of its effectiveness is mixed. We examine the experience of studying abroad at colleges in the US and China, which are the largest receiving and sending countries of international students respectively. Using data from two comparable national surveys that follow the same design, we estimate causal effects by matching students who studied abroad during college to those who did not, based on their propensity to study abroad. First, we survey student profiles to better understand who studied abroad. We found that parental education and urbanity makes difference in participation. Second, we examine the impact of study abroad on student academic achievement, using multivariate regression and propensity score matching. Finally, we exploit the matched samples to examine impact heterogeneity by student background. We find a positive, statistically significant but small impact on student academic achievement in both countries, with a higher impact for American students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; China
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement
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