Chinese Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Learning:

The Role of Language and Culture in Short-term Public Health Study Abroad Program


  • Sara Bano Michigan State University
  • Qing Michigan State University



Short-term study abroad, Chinese undergraduate students, Public Health


In the past few years, the number of Chinese undergraduate students in short term study abroad programs have substantially increased, especially in the field of public health. However, little is known about the experiences of Chinese undergraduate students' in short-term study abroad programs in the field of healthcare. In this qualitative study, by using Transformative Learning Theory lens we tried to understand the meaning making process of Chinese undergraduate students who participated in a short-term study abroad program in the field of Public Health at an American university. The students considered their participation in short-term study abroad program as an opportunity to develop their careers and global professional identity by learning English and cultural aspects of health profession in the USA.


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Author Biography

Qing, Michigan State University

Qing Xia is a PhD student in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at the College of Education, Michigan State University. She is interested in issues related to Public Health and international higher education and how both fields intersect, and impact China and the USA health fields.





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How to Cite

Bano, S., & Xia, Q. (2020). Chinese Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Learning: : The Role of Language and Culture in Short-term Public Health Study Abroad Program. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 11(Winter), 85–88.



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