Studying Overseas: Factors Impacting Intention of Female Students in Mainland China

  • Yi (Leaf) Zhang University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  • Jie Sun Iowa State University, United States
  • Linda Serra Hagedorn Iowa State University, United States
Keywords: study overseas, mainland China, female students

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that impact Chinese female students’ intention to study overseas. This study also aimed to understand how these factors impact female students’ decision making process. Using a survey questionnaire, data were collected from 96 female undergraduates who enrolled in a 4-year public university in North Central China fall 2010. Descriptive analyses, exploratory factor analyses, and structural equations modeling were utilized to answer the research questions. The results of the study indicated that students’ satisfaction with campus experience, English proficiency, and only child status had significant direct effects on their intention to study overseas. The results also identified parents’ education, Level of Institutional Support, Quality of Campus Relationship as significant indirect effects.

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Author Biographies

Yi (Leaf) Zhang, University of Texas at Arlington, United States

Yi Zhang, PhD, interests in better understanding how access to higher education affects student choice, mobility, and success. Her current research agenda also attempts to investigate higher education access and student college choice in a global context.

Jie Sun, Iowa State University, United States

Jie Sun is currently a doctoral student at Iowa State University. His research interests include international education, student success, and quantitative methodology.

Linda Serra Hagedorn, Iowa State University, United States

Linda S. Hagedorn, PhD, focuses her research on college student success. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to underrepresented student groups, and equity. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University, she directed the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.

Published
2013-06-01
How to Cite
Zhang, Y. (Leaf), Sun, J., & Hagedorn, L. S. (2013). Studying Overseas: Factors Impacting Intention of Female Students in Mainland China. Journal of International Students, 3(2), 140-154. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/507
Section
Research Articles