Chinese Students’ Motivations for Studying in the United States


  • Chiang-nan Chao St. John’s University, United States
  • Niall Hegarty St. John’s University, United States
  • John Angelidis St. John’s University, United States
  • Victor F. Lu St. John’s University, United States



Chinese students in U.S., international students, mobile students


This study examines the presence of Chinese students in U.S., and attempts to explore the reasons why so many Chinese students choose to study abroad and why the United States is their preferred destination. This population is a vital component of university life at many colleges and a much needed source of financial revenue. The results indicate that Chinese students are seeking education with a worldview and opt to break from the Chinese system of learning. This article seeks to offer academicians and university administrators a deeper understanding of the motivation of these Chinese students and contribute to the knowledge area extant on this population.

Author Biographies

Chiang-nan Chao, St. John’s University, United States

CHIANG-NAN CHAO, PhD, Professor of Management, earned his MBA from Lamar University, and his PhD in Supply Chain Management and International Business from Arizona State University. His articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, conference presentations, and case studies, etc. have published in many leading journals and conferences, i.e., Journal of World Business, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Journal of Education for Business, Journal of Teaching in International Business, etc. 

Niall Hegarty, St. John’s University, United States

NIALL HEGARTY, EdD, is Assistant Professor of Management at St. John's University. His area of research covers the domain of motivation. He has published in such journals as Human Resources and Adult Learning, Journal of Continuing Higher Education, and Business Education and Accreditation.

John Angelidis, St. John’s University, United States

JOHN ANGELIDIS, PhD, earned his PhD from Georgia State University. His research interests are in the area of strategic management, international business, and corporate social responsibility. He has published a great number of refereed articles in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Management, Journal of Education for Business, Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of Applied Business Research, The American Asia Review, Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, Review of Business, and the Journal of Global Business, etc. 

Victor F. Lu, St. John’s University, United States

VICTOR F. LU, PhD, earned his PhD degree in Operations Research from Syracuse University. His research areas are business analytics and information technology. He published a number of peer-reviewed articles in journals including Operations Research and has made numerous presentations at international and national conferences and symposia. He has authored two academic books and several book chapters, edited several conference proceedings, and served in various international and national academic organizations by holding the roles of conference chair, program chair, track chair, editor, associate editor, and reviewer. 




How to Cite

Chao, C.- nan, Hegarty, N., Angelidis, J., & Lu, V. F. (2017). Chinese Students’ Motivations for Studying in the United States. Journal of International Students, 7(2), 257–269.



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