Being Wholesaled: An Investigation of Chinese International Students’ Higher Education Experiences

  • Mengwei Su Ohio University, United States
  • Laura M. Harrison Ohio University, United States
Keywords: academic capitalism, Chinese international students, student satisfaction

Abstract

Using academic capitalism as a theoretical foundation, this phenomenological study examined the new study abroad experiences of Chinese college students in six popular English-speaking study destination countries—the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Qualitative data collected from 20 interviews indicate some hosting higher education institutions prioritize enrollment growth and neglect recruitment process and student development. Three main findings are 1) delegating recruitment to overseas agencies causes mismatches between host institutions and the Chinese students, 2) Chinese students having insufficient language skills are prone to have a dissatisfied study abroad experience, and 3) high density of student population from one country impedes Chinese students’ integration on campus. Implications for higher educational professionals, students, and faculty are presented.

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Author Biographies

Mengwei Su, Ohio University, United States

MENGWEI SU is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education and a graduate assistant in the Allen Student Advising Center at the Ohio University. His research interests include international student development and ESL learning. 

Laura M. Harrison, Ohio University, United States

LAURA M. HARRISON, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the Ohio University. She teaches and writes on the topics of advocacy, change, and leadership in higher education. 

Published
2016-10-01
How to Cite
Su, M., & Harrison, L. M. (2016). Being Wholesaled: An Investigation of Chinese International Students’ Higher Education Experiences. Journal of International Students, 6(4), 905-919. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i4.325
Section
Research Articles