Broadening Horizons 2015: The value of the overseas experience

Broadening Horizons 2015: The value of the overseas experience
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Publication Date:

June, 2015

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44

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Downloadable PDF

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PROD53126
Broadening Horizons 2015: The value of the overseas experience
Broadening Horizons 2015: The value of the overseas experience
Broadening Horizons 2015: The value of the overseas experience

In the third annual report examining how UK and US students perceive study abroad, Broadening Horizons aims to understand the perceived drivers and barriers regarding overseas study, and how these are changing over time.

The latest report features research, including the responses of almost 7,500 UK and US students aged between 16 and 30 years, surveyed between March and April 2015. As well as identifying the main academic and non-academic drivers to overseas study, the report highlights key academic and non-academic deterrents. Cost and lack of foreign language skills were found to be among the biggest deterrents to study abroad for both UK and US students, although there were differences between the groups in terms of the factors considered to be more discouraging. The report also provides insight into student awareness of government-sponsored study abroad programmes, information sources used when considering overseas study options, and the perceived value of study abroad.

Given that both the UK and US have their own overseas study strategies catering to their countries’ unique outward mobility situation and experience, the report highlights some of the information gaps and perceived barriers which could be addressed to help encourage interest in study abroad.

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