Why study abroad?:Sorting of Chinese students across British universities

Cebolla-Boado, H and Hu, Yang and Soysal, Y (2018) Why study abroad?:Sorting of Chinese students across British universities. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39 (3). pp. 365-380. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

This research contributes to the booming literature on the mobility of international students in higher education. Specifically, it analyzes university-level factors that affect the sorting of Chinese international students across British universities. To do so, we produced a unique dataset merging university-level data from the the 2014 UK Higher Education Statistics Agency and the Higher Expectations Survey, supplemented by qualitative evidence from six focus groups which we use for illustrative purposes. Our results, using nationally representative evidence for the first time, confirmed that university prestige is the most important driver of the sorting of Chinese students across British universities, together with further effects of the broader social and cultural offerings the universities provide. Interestingly, cost of study and marketing strategies deployed by universities do not seem to drive the Chinese students’ university choices. Overall, our findings underline the importance of diffuse institutional factors such as university rankings and their taken for granted status by students themselves.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Sociology of Education on 03/08/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01425692.2017.1349649
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 86893
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2017 09:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 03:04
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/86893

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