Influences on International Students’ Selection of a Regional U.S. Institution: A Descriptive Study

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This study examined the factors influencing international students’ election to study in the United States in general and at a regional four-year institution, specifically. Furthermore, it was designed to gather descriptive information about the barriers and challenges they face.
A triangulation mixed methods approach was utilized based on a previously described push-pull model. The findings indicated that Availability of scholarships or work, cost and fees, and Visa processing and visa cost are the most difficult factors that international
students face when making the decision to study in the U.S. This corresponded well with the qualitative responses from the open-ended questions, in which students identified visa and immigration policies, standardized tests, and financial challenges as the most common
challenges they had to face. In addition, Family, safety, and recognition of quality were found as being the significant/important influences on international students’ decision to study in the U.S. This corresponded well with the qualitative responses in which students identified Valuable and Flexible Education, Global exposure and culture, Exposure to
field and research, and Opportunities as why they wanted to study in the United States instead of somewhere else. With regards to the institution specifically, students identified Cost and fees, Academics, Safety, and Affordability, among others as why they chose to attend ETU. Recommendations for college student affairs professional and the office of International Student and Scholars are also presented.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Tables …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. vii
CHAPTER I …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. l
Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. I
Purpose of the Study ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Research Questions …………………… ………………………………………………………………………. 4
Significance of the Study ……………………………………………………………………………………. 5
Limitations and Delimitations of the Study …………… ……………………… ……………………… 6
Definitions of Terms ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8
CHAPTER I I ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
Review of the Literature ………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
History oflntemational Education in the U.S ………………………………………………………. 1 0
Motivations to Study in the U.S ………………………………………………………. ………………… 13
Barriers and Challenges to International Education in the United States ……………… …. 16
International Education at Eastern Illinois University …. …………. . . . . …………. …………….. 18
Theoretical and Conceptual Framework …………………………………………………. ………….. 26
Research Questions ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
CHAPTER III …………………………………. …………………………………………………………………. 29
Methods ………………………. …………………….. ……………………………………………………………… 29
Design of Study ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Participants ……….. …………………………………………………………….. …………………………….. 30
Research Site …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30
Instruments ……. ……… ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
Data Collection ………………………………. ……………………………………………………………….. 32
Data Analysis ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 33
Treatment ofData ……………………. . . . . . . . . . . ……………………………… ……………………………… 3 5
Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 5
CHAPTER IV …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 36

Results and Findings ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Quantitative Findings ………………………………………………………………………………………..3 6
Qualitative Findings …………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
Summary ………….. …………. ………………………………………………… …………. ………………….. 63
CHAPTER V ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 68
Discussion and Conclusion ……… ……………………………….. …………………………………………. 68
Suggestions for Future Research ………………………………………………………………………… 75
Recommendations for the Office oflntemational Students and Scholars …………………. 79
Limitations ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 80
Conclusion ….. … … … … . . . . . . . … …….. ………. …………….. ……………… ………….. …………….. ……. 81
Appendix A: Survey Questionnaire ……………………………………………………………………….. 92
Appendix B: Informed Consent …………………………………………………………………………….. 96
Appendix C: IRB Approval ………………………………………………………………………………….. 97

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Author

Yazmin Rodriguez

No of Chapters

5

No of Pages

107

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