Tourism and Study Abroad Options

The Use of Sources of Information by Indonesian Postgraduate Students to Choose an Overases University


  • Andriani Kusumawati Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia



Indonesia, Overseas, Student Choice, Tourism, University


How prospective postgraduate students make a decision about overseas universities for their study and tourism remains scarcely reported. This qualitative study examines how Indonesian students explore information that influences their decision to choose an overseas university. Anchored in an interpretative paradigm, data were collected through semi-structured interviews and a qualitative questionnaire distributed to 19 Indonesian postgraduate students who just completed their studies in six different countries. Findings showed that university websites, social media, and advice from the reference groups facilitated mostly by the internet are valuable information sources considered by the students. Finally, implications and recommendations are presented for future studies.

Author Biography

Andriani Kusumawati, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia

ANDRIANI KUSAMWATI adalah Dosen Senior di Departemen Administrasi Bisnis, Fakultas Ilmu Administrasi, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia. Andriani memegang gelar Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) dalam bidang pemasaran dari University of Wollongong, Australia. Minat penelitian penulis meliputi bidang-bidang di pemasaran untuk institusi pendidikan tinggi, pemasaran pariwisata, pemasaran di bidang service atau layanan konsumen dan penelitian di bidang perilaku konsumen. Email:

ANDRIANI KUSAMWATI is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration at the Faculty of Administrative Sciences, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia. Andriani holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in Marketing from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interests include higher education marketing, tourism marketing, service marketing, and consumer behavior. 


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How to Cite

Kusumawati, A. . (2020). Tourism and Study Abroad Options: The Use of Sources of Information by Indonesian Postgraduate Students to Choose an Overases University . Journal of International Students, 10(S3), 1–23.