Factors Influencing Chinese Students’ Decisions to Study in the United States

  • Larry Austin University of Phoenix, United States
  • Libi Shen University of Phoenix, United States
Keywords: education, cultural differences, economic factors, cultural factors, political factors

Abstract

The central research question was: Why do Chinese students want to study in the United States? The participants were 20 Chinese students who studied in the U.S. Ten interview questions were used and data were processed in NVivo 10. Five major themes emerged from this study: (a) American culture benefits foreign perceptions of education in the U.S.; (b) increased personal wealth increases demands for educational freedom; (c) Chinese test performance does not indicate education quality; (d) Chinese culture clashes with students’ desire for self-actualization; and (e) an education in the U.S. is considered an immigration stepping stone.

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Author Biographies

Larry Austin, University of Phoenix, United States

LARRY AUSTIN, EdD, is an education consultant and curriculum designer. Dr. Austin’s research interests include educational leadership, instructional technology, and cultural awareness. 

Libi Shen, University of Phoenix, United States

LIBI SHEN, PhD, is a faculty at University of Phoenix. Dr. Shen’s research interests include curriculum design, instructional methods, instructional technology, and K-12 education. 

Published
2016-07-01
How to Cite
Austin, L., & Shen, L. (2016). Factors Influencing Chinese Students’ Decisions to Study in the United States. Journal of International Students, 6(3), 722-732. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/353
Section
Research Articles