Title

College students' decision-making for study abroad - Anecdotes from a U.S. hospitality and tourism internship program in China

Keywords

study abroad, international internship, decision-making, China

Abstract

This study attempts to understand how the hospitality and tourism students in the United States make decisions for study abroad participation. Through the analysis of textual data from focus groups and in-depth interviews, this study has identified three sequential phases of a decision-making process by study abroad participants. The first phase is pre-evaluation, including initial awareness and information search. The second phase is decision-making that consists of pull and push motivational factors, influencers, and barriers. The third phase is post-participation, including the elements of program evaluation, impacts, and future behavior. The implications of this study’s findings are discussed in relation to the design, recruitment, administration, and curricula integration of study abroad programs.

Publication Date

1-21-2015

Original Citation

Cai, L.A., Wei, W., Lu, Y., & Day, J. (2015). College students’ decision-making for study abroad – Anecdotes from a U.S. hospitality and tourism internship program in China. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 15(1), 48-73.

DOI

10.1080/15313220.2014.999735

Number of Pages

48-73

Document Type

Article

Language

English

Source Title

Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism

Volume

15

Issue

1

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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