Opinions of International Students on Choosing a State University in a Developing Country


  • Adnan Boyaci Anadolu University
  • Yakup Oz Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University




college choice, developing countries, international students, internationalization, higher education


In this study, factors affecting the college choice of international students (CCIS) are investigated based on the opinions of international students at a state university (Anadolu University) in Turkey. A case study design is employed and opinions of students are analyzed in accordance with whether they are scholarship or non-scholarship students. In the findings, three main themes emerge; intent to study abroad, choosing to study in Turkey, and choosing to study at Anadolu University. These themes cover several factors affecting the CCIS. In this regard, there are no critical differences between the factors affecting the opinions of scholarship and non-scholarship students. However, some factors could differentiate in accordance with the background characteristics of the students and whether they are from high-income or non-high-income countries.

Author Biographies

Adnan Boyaci, Anadolu University

ADNAN BOYACI,PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Sciences, Anadolu University. His major research interests lie in the area of educational management and leadership, higher education administration, internationalization of higher education, and educational policies.

Yakup Oz, Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University

YAKUP OZ is a PhD candidate in the Educational Administration program at the Anadolu University and a research assistant in the Department of Educational Sciences, Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University. His research focused on the school leadership and student achievement, school dropout and social capital, student retention and engagement in higher education and internationalization of higher education.




How to Cite

Boyaci, A., & Oz, Y. (2019). Opinions of International Students on Choosing a State University in a Developing Country. Journal of International Students, 9(1), 338–361. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v9i1.259



Research Articles (English)