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Me or My Friends Make Me go To China?

VU International News and Reviews No. 112 May 7 2018

October 2019

In an article in Frontiers, the International Journal for Study Abroad, two researchers report on a survey among some 400 American students about their interest in studying in China. In their article Predicting U.S. College Students’ Interest in Studying in China: Social Influence, Personal Experiences, Country Reputation, and Media Coverage, the researchers distinguished between factors related to the individual perceptions and opinions on a study in China and social influence: the opinions of others.

They found that social influence or normative pressure is a much more important factor to shape their attitudes toward studying in China than their overall perceptions of China and media coverage of China.

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