Study Abroad Influencing Factors: An Investigation of Socio-Economic Status, Social, Cultural, and Personal Factors

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Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado, Vol: 5, Issue: 3, Page: 6

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Lewis, Winsome
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Study Abroad; Travel Motivation; Socio-Economic Status; Socio-Cultural; Tourism
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The purpose of this study was to determine what factors (socio-economic status, social, cultural, and personal factors) most influence undergraduate decisions to study abroad. An online survey was completed by a target sample of 128 UNC students. The 49-item questionnaire consisted of items measuring student awareness of study abroad offerings, factors that influence students to study abroad, and financial ability/socio-economic status. Analysis included Pearson’s correlation tests, descriptive statistics, and cross-tab analysis. Results revealed that students prefer to study abroad in European countries and in countries that speak English. Results revealed a high awareness of study abroad offerings at the university. Cultural factors were the most important factors influencing student decisions to study abroad. Despite varying socio-economic status, most respondents indicated they would need financial aid to study abroad. Overall this study revealed that awareness levels, cultural factors, and financial ability most influence student decisions to study abroad.