Collectivists’ Decision-Making: Saudi Arabian Graduate Students’ Study Abroad Choices
Keywords:Saudi Arabia, student mobility, college choice, international students
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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