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2020, Cilt 10, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 193-204
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2020.381
An Inquiry on Turkish Students Studying Abroad for Higher Education
Muhammed Emir RÜZGAR
Aksaray University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Aksaray, Turkey
Keywords: International education, International Turkish students, Higher education, Study abroad

There has been a worldwide increase in the number of international students in recent years. This increase is expected to continue in the future. Congruent with the international trend, there is a body of Turkish students studying abroad for the purpose of higher education. However, the number of studies on international Turkish students is limited. The primary purpose of this study was to examine the reasons why undergraduate or graduate international Turkish students studying at a state university in the Midwest region of the United States preferred international education. To achieve this purpose, the present qualitative study was devised. A total of 19 students from differing levels of higher education participated in the study. The dataset was created from the semi-structured interviews with the participants. Data analysis yielded that the institutional culture in the educational institutions that Turkish students attend before they go abroad significantly motivates them to get an international education. In addition, such variables as prior abroad experiences, encouragement from the family, the fact that there is no program for the desired area of study in Turkey, the goal to work at a prestigious university, desire to visit different places and wish to migrate to host country are also effective in their decision to study abroad. Moreover, the results show that Turkish students pay the most attention to university ranking and (at the graduate level) the advisor that they will work with when they choose a university for their study abroad. According to the results of the study, Turkish students are of the opinion that international education allows them to improve themselves in a cosmopolitan environment while it helps them to adopt a new vision that they would not have acquired at home.

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