Category: International Education Research

Experiences vs. Function: How Chinese Students Perceive Degree Value

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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This study explores how Chinese students at a U.S. university conceptualize the value of their degree through a consumer values framework. Implications for future policy and practice are discussed.

Emma Swift

Assistant Director, International Student Services
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Emma serves as the Assistant Director for International Student Services at the University of Vermont. In this role, she leads the international student services team for a rapidly-expanding international population of graduate, undergraduate, exchange, and pathway students. Emma is the PDSO for UVM and sets institutional policy, manages the departmental database, and provides leadership for programming and advising. Within NAFSA, Emma has presented and trained widely at the state, regional, and national level and is a member of the Trainer Corps. She served as the Vermont State Representative for NAFSA from 2012-2015. She authored the current version of NAFSA's "Friendship with your American Host" brochure. She holds her undergraduate and Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also worked for three years in the office of International Student and Scholar Services as the primary advisor to international undergraduate students. Prior to moving to Vermont, she spent a year living in south-central Vietnam while working at Dai Hoc Quy Nhon as a Fulbright grantee. In addition to her current professional roles, Emma is a PhD student in Educational Policy Studies. Her research interests include educational policy and expansion in Southeast Asia, and the epistemology behind Chinese student conceptualizations of "value" of their U.S. degrees.