Category: Enhancing Learning in Education Abroad: Study, Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Innovations

Why Would You Go There? Factors & Perceptions Contributing to U.S. Student Host Country Choice

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Table 80

Abstract
Examine the phenomenon of what makes U.S. students choose to study abroad in one host country over another. What factors do they use and how do their perceptions play into this choice?

Kristy Berg

Doctoral Student
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO

Kristy Berg is the Credentials Evaluation Coordinator at Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. student at the University of Northern Colorado working towards her degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. Kristy has been researching American student study abroad trends and mobility for the past 10 years. Currently, her main research interests within this area reside in American student perceptions as well as the factors American students use when selecting a host country for their study abroad program, and the relationship between them. Kristy's inspiration and motivation for this type of research stems from her own study abroad experiences as well as discussions with other students, study abroad staff, and university faculty who have participated in at least one of the various study abroad programs offered at their home institution. Kristy is also interested in gaining more working experience in this area of higher education.