Cost is a frequently cited barrier to study abroad participation. Despite the
perceived constraint, study abroad participation has more than tripled in the past two
decades. There remains, however, a lack of knowledge about how students who intend to
study abroad conduct their search for a study abroad program and the role that cost plays
in information gathering and the final selection of a study abroad program. Using college
choice theory as a conceptual framework for understanding students’ decision-making
processes, this exploratory study discusses results from ten qualitative interviews with
prospective study abroad students at a large, public research institution. Their responses
identify perceptions of cost, methods of information gathering, and approaches to
financial planning for study abroad.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. June 2011. Major: Educational policy and administration. Advisor: Gerald Fry. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 75 pages, appendix A.
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