Expectations and Experiences of Inbound Students: Perspectives from Sweden


  • Per A Nilsson Umeå University, Sweden




inbound students, student mobility, experiences and expectations, Sweden


This paper explores expectations and outcomes for inbound students at Umeå University, Sweden, comparing their expectations with what they actually experienced. Based on an initial sample of 296 students, 116 answered surveys before and after experiencing of studying abroad. The same individuals have been followed. Most of the respondents’ expectations were fulfilled. Hence, the comprehension of what to expect when it comes to ‘personal’ experiences was shown to be in line with the respondents’ expectations. However, the ‘academic’ experiences seemed to be more difficult to grasp in advance. Some respondents also changed their opinions regarding some of their expectations. The study has followed the same individuals over time and adds new knowledge to the field of student mobility.

Author Biography

Per A Nilsson, Umeå University, Sweden

PER A. NILSSON is working as the International Director at Umeå University in Sweden. In 1982, I received a Bachelor of Science from Umeå University. In 1983, I was rewarded a Master of Arts from University of Minnesota. In 2011, I participated in an international monitoring committee for internationalization at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland. 




How to Cite

Nilsson, P. A. (2015). Expectations and Experiences of Inbound Students: Perspectives from Sweden. Journal of International Students, 5(2), 161–174. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v5i2.432



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