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Chinese students’ decisions to undertake postgraduate study overseas

Zhu, L; Reeves, P

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L Zhu


Purpose: This study surfaces themes which may influence Chinese students’ decision making in relation to postgraduate study in international universities.
Design/ methodology/ approach: The study utilises a semi-structured qualitative interview methodology (n=15).
Findings: The main findings are discussed according to the following themes: (i) financial and time costs; (ii) employment prospects; (iii) postgraduate education as a cultural adventure; (iv) linguistics; (v) visa issues; (vi) admissions; (vii) climate; (viii) influence of referents, and; (ix) academic image and reputation.
Research limitations/ Implications: The sample size is small, yet affords greater depth of data and discussion.
Practical Implications: The research offers practitioners in universities who are managing postgraduate recruitment of Chinese students, some greater understanding of the reasons behind prospective Chinese postgraduate students’ choice; from which they can evaluate the effectiveness of their institutions’ recruitment strategies.
Originality/ Value:. Extant research has tended to report reasons why Chinese students study overseas, whereas this study offers deeper insight and exploration of the reasoning of Chinese international students in the postgraduate context. The research is of value given the importance of postgraduate Chinese students to international university recruitment.
Keywords: China, higher education, postgraduate, international student.


Zhu, L., & Reeves, P. (2019). Chinese students’ decisions to undertake postgraduate study overseas. International Journal of Educational Management, 33(5), 999-1011.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2018
Online Publication Date May 21, 2019
Publication Date Jul 8, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 3, 2019
Journal International Journal of Educational Management
Print ISSN 0951-354X
Publisher Emerald
Volume 33
Issue 5
Pages 999-1011
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