The Touristudent

How International Academic Mobility Can Contribute to Tourism

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https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i1.1670

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Brazil, international academic mobility, international students, student mobility, touristudent, tourism

Abstract

This research aims to analyze how the activities and motivations of international students resemble those of a tourist. The survey-based study of international students enrolled in academic mobility programs in Curitiba (Brazil) demonstrated that the main motivation for students to participate in international mobility relates more to personal motivation (i.e., cultural exchange) than to academic purposes. International students also acknowledged that they enjoyed the city’s tourist attractions and overall services. The motivations for choosing Curitiba are mainly the quality of life and the perceived safety of the city. Based on how students visit attractions and utilize tourist services, we propose the idea of the touristudent. Understanding international students’ motivations for mobility and their destination choice reinforces the significance that academic mobility programs have for tourism, and the implications of these findings are discussed for the tourism sector in Curitiba.

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Author Biographies

Mateus José Alves Pinto, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

MATEUS JOSÉ ALVES PINTO, BA, is a master’s student and researcher in the Department of Tourism at the Federal University of Paraná. His major research interests lie in the areas of higher education in tourism, information and communication technologies, tourist information, smart tourism destinations, and tourism communication.

Eduardo Henrique Moscardi, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

EDUARDO HENRIQUE MOSCARDI, BA, is a master’s student and researcher in the Department of Tourism at the Federal University of Paraná. His major research interests lie in the areas of tourist information, research methods, tourism communication, destination marketing, and information and communication technologies.

Ewerton Lemos Gomes, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

EWERTON LEMOS GOMES, MSc, is a researcher in the Department of Tourism at the Federal University of Paraná. His major research interests lie in the areas of tourism communication, tourism semiotics, smart tourism destinations, tourism marketing, and destination image

Marcia Shizue Massukado Nakatani, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

MARCIA SHIZUE MASSUKADO NAKATANI, PhD, is a professor and researcher in the Department of Tourism at the Federal University of Paraná. Her major research interests lie in the areas of methodologies and knowledge construction in tourism, tourism communication and information, and higher education in tourism.

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2021-02-23

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Pinto, M. J. A., Moscardi, E. H., Gomes, E. L., & Nakatani, M. S. M. . (2021). The Touristudent: How International Academic Mobility Can Contribute to Tourism. Journal of International Students, 11(1), 60–80. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i1.1670

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