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Factors impacting upon Australian university student participation in educational exchange programs


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Daly, AJ 2002 , 'Factors impacting upon Australian university student participation in educational exchange programs', paper presented at the 10th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training: Envisioning Practice- Implementing Change, 2-4 December, Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

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With globalisation and technological innovation changing the global marketplace, research (e.g. Australian International Education Foundation, 1998; Kling, Alexander, McCorkle, & Martinez, 1999; Webb, Mayer, Pioche, & Allen, 1999) has shown that employers are seeking graduates with international competencies. Moreover, it is argued that it is the role of universities to prepare students to work in the new international context, thus meeting the needs of business and society (Fantini, Arias-Galicia, & Guay, 2001; Higher Education Council, 1990). International education opportunities such as student exchange programs have been identified as effective means through which university students may develop such skills and knowledge (Clyne & Rizvi, 1998; Fantini et al., 2001; Wallace, 1993). Currently, less than one percent of Australian undergraduate students complete part of their qualification in an overseas institution (IDP Education Australia, 1995). Much research to date has focused on issues such as psychological and social adjustment of international students. Yet, there is a paucity of literature relating to the effects of international education experiences for Australian domestic students. Hence, this paper will examine the issues affecting Australian students’ participation in academic mobility programs, with a particular focus on the factors influencing the decision to participate in a student exchange program.

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