<Research Paper>Attitudes toward Study Abroad and their Social Background: A Comparative Study between Japanese and Chinese University Students

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  • <研究論文>大学生の留学志向と社会的背景 --日中比較を手がかりとして
  • 大学生の留学志向と社会的背景 : 日中比較を手がかりとして
  • ダイガクセイ ノ リュウガク シコウ ト シャカイテキ ハイケイ : ニッチュウ ヒカク オ テガカリ ト シテ

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The purpose of this study is to clarify the attitudes of university students toward study abroad and the social backgrounds of these attitudes. Drawing upon a descriptive analysis of statistical data and Chisquare tests on results of a survey conducted in research universities in Japan and China, this study presents the following findings. 1) In the Chinese case, the increasing number of students sent abroad cannot be fully explained by social and macro-economic growth of the country, therefore it is implied that the policy of the national government have had a fair degree of influence on the increase. 2) More than 80% of students in both countries believe that the study abroad experience should be beneficial to their future. 3) Compared to the Japanese case, more Chinese students believe that the study abroad experience will be beneficial to their future academic life and occupation. 4) In both countries, regardless of whether or not the students have prepared to study abroad, they have the same understanding of its benefit. Implications for further studies are provided.


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