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Why study abroad? Sorting of Chinese students across British universities

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

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: International student mobility; Chinese international students; higher education; sorting; university rankings
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 11:24
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:35

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