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The cosmopolitan sojourners: understanding international Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese students’ motivations to study overseas

Tran, Ly Thi and Nguyen, Nhai Thi 2016, The cosmopolitan sojourners: understanding international Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese students’ motivations to study overseasHandbook on comparative and international studies in education, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, N.C., pp.561-584.

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Title The cosmopolitan sojourners: understanding international Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese students’ motivations to study overseas
Author(s) Tran, Ly Thi
Nguyen, Nhai Thi
Title of book Handbook on comparative and international studies in education
Publication date 2016
Series International perspectives on educational policy, research and practice
Chapter number 28
Total chapters 31
Start page 561
End page 584
Total pages 24
Publisher Information Age Publishing
Place of Publication Charlotte, N.C.
Keyword(s) International students
Student mobility
International education
Bourdieu
Korean
Chinese
Vietnamese
Education research
Summary China, Vietnam and Republic of Korea are amongst the top five source countries of international students for Australia. This chapter focuses on the narratives of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese students as globally mobile learners. It draws on a larger study on the educational experiences of 105 international students from 25 Australian colleges. Drawing on a Bourdieuian conceptual framework and the related notions of ‘investment’ and ‘cosmopolitan’, the chapter shows that international Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese students are motivated to engage in cross-border education by the aspiration for intellectual, professional, cultural, linguistic and citizenship transformations. Integrated extrinsic and intrinsic motives appear to underpin their engagement in international education. Accordingly, the traditional view that sees academic considerations as the main or sole impetus for students’ cross-border mobility to pursue an international education is no longer relevant in a more globalised age. In addition, the research highlights the association between international students’ choice of mobility and the navigation of their identity paths.
ISBN 9781681236766
Language eng
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Grant ID DP0986590
Copyright notice ©2017, Information Age Publishing Inc.
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