Collectivists’ Decision-Making: Saudi Arabian Graduate Students’ Study Abroad Choices

  • Tamara Yakaboski University of Northern Colorado
  • Karla Perez-Velez University of Northern Colorado
  • Yousef Almutairi University of Northern Colorado
Keywords: Saudi Arabia, student mobility, college choice, international students

Abstract

The authors in this qualitative study explored how Saudi Arabian students Saudi Arabiaselected a teaching focused research institution by examining Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and U.S. national influences, institutional factors, and personal influencers. Despite the continued rise in Saudi Arabian students studying at U.S. universities, limited published research exists on this unique student population. This study on Saudi graduate students reconceptualizes the homogenous perspectives on international student mobility. It demonstrates that study abroad decisions are not made from just push-pull or economic factors but through culturally specific social processes involving various actors both in and beyond their home country as well as intermediaries that is indicative of a more collectivist society.

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Author Biographies

Tamara Yakaboski, University of Northern Colorado

TAMARA YAKABOSKI, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. She researches and teaches graduate seminars on student affairs, women’s issues, and international higher education and the internationalization of universities.  

Karla Perez-Velez, University of Northern Colorado

KARLA PEREZ-VELEZ, is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at University of Northern Colorado. 

Yousef Almutairi, University of Northern Colorado

YOUSEF ALMUTAIRI, is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at University of Northern Colorado. 

Published
2017-01-01
How to Cite
Yakaboski, T., Perez-Velez, K., & Almutairi, Y. (2017). Collectivists’ Decision-Making: Saudi Arabian Graduate Students’ Study Abroad Choices. Journal of International Students, 7(1), 94-112. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i1.247
Section
Research Articles