Study Abroad Objectives and Satisfaction of International Students in Japan

  • Matthias Hennings Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  • Shin Tanabe Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Abstract

Many Japanese universities have created short-term study abroad programs with the aim of offering a satisfying study abroad experience to international students. Based on a survey of 131 international students, this paper analyzes these students’ objectives and their relation to student satisfaction. As the results show, many students regard their experience of living in Japan as more important than their academic pursuits. Furthermore, for students with prior knowledge of Japanese, improving language skills tends to result in higher satisfaction, while for students who do not speak the local language, achieving cross-cultural skills is a major factor for having a satisfying experience.

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Author Biographies

Matthias Hennings, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

MATTHIAS HENNINGS, PhD, is an associate professor at the Center for International Education and Collaboration (CIEC) at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. 

Shin Tanabe, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

SHIN TANABE is an associate professor at the Center for International Education and Collaboration (CIEC) at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Hennings, M., & Tanabe, S. (2018). Study Abroad Objectives and Satisfaction of International Students in Japan. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1914–1925. Retrieved from http://ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/238
Section
Research Articles