WHY do students study abroad? Exploring motivations beyond earning academic credits

Gyan Nyaupane, Cody Morris Paris, Victor Teye

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to examine motivations of college students' participation in study abroad programs. The study is based on surveys conducted with a group of university students who participated in a study abroad program to either the South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji) or Europe (Austria and the Netherlands). The study results suggested four motivation domains: international travel, escape, social, and academic. Of the four motivational dimensions, the strongest was international travel, followed by academic, social, and escape. The implications of the findings to the student travel industry and study abroad programs are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)263-267
    Number of pages5
    JournalTourism Analysis
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Education
    • Motivation
    • Students travel
    • Study abroad

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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