Exploring the Motivations, Expectations, and Experiences of Students Who Study in Global Settings


  • Vince Salyers Mount Royal University, Canada
  • Cathy S. Carston Mount Royal University, Canada
  • Yasmin Dean Mount Royal University, Canada
  • Chad London Mount Royal University, Canada




global education, student motivation, student experiences, experiences


An increasing trend of universities is to provide students with opportunities to engage in global learning experiences (GLE) as part of their program of study. While there are numerous papers on the benefits of international and study abroad programs, there is little research on factors that impact GLE. This study evaluated the student perspective through qualitative and quantitative responses to surveys and questions posed during a period of three years. The results suggested that students’ motivation and expectations of the experiences were varied. Moreover, planning is critical for GLE experiences to have a positive impact on students.

Author Biographies

Vince Salyers, Mount Royal University, Canada

VINCENT SALYERS, EdD, is the Interim Associate Vice President, Research at Mount Royal University. He has also been actively involved with international and service learning research in Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru, as well research with vulnerable populations. 

Cathy S. Carston, Mount Royal University, Canada

CATHY CARSON, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Child Studies and Social Work. She has actively supported faculty with the development of global learning experiences in Malaysia, New Zealand and Qatar. 

Yasmin Dean, Mount Royal University, Canada

YASMIN DEAN, PhD, is an associate professor of social work at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada. She leads a bi-annual field school to India and has also taken students on GEI's to China and the United Arab Emirates. The primary focus of her current research is on global service learning and cultural relevance in social work education. 

Chad London, Mount Royal University, Canada

CHAD LONDON, PhD, is Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies at Mount Royal University. He has developed global learning experiences for students in Mexico, Europe, USA and New Zealand. 




How to Cite

Salyers, V., Carston, C. S., Dean, Y., & London, C. (2015). Exploring the Motivations, Expectations, and Experiences of Students Who Study in Global Settings. Journal of International Students, 5(4), 368–382. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v5i4.401



Research Articles (English)