How about Karlstad University? : A study about the international students at Karlstad University

University essay from Karlstads universitet/Fakulteten för ekonomi, kommunikation och IT

Abstract:

The study aims to examine the factors that influenced the international students when selecting Karlstad University as an institution. The study also contains a secondary aim which is to examine how the international students evaluate their experiences in Karlstad. Further the study is built upon four research questions, where the three first research questions can be referred to the main aim whereas the fourh research question can be referred to the secondary aim. The main aim is by the research questions divided into a three step process, the factor that influnced the international students to study abroad, to study in Sweden and to study at Karlstad University. The fourth research question which concerns the secondary aim is about how the international students evaluate their stay in Karlstad.

The enquiry has been made with help of a questionnaire, which 98 of the international students at Karlstad University answered. The study showed that factors that influenced the international students to study abroad was to gain better understanding of the foreign language and the foreign culture. The students were also influenced by the student life and the life experiences that they would gain by studying abroad. They also stated that the value of their resume would be higher because of these studies. Factors that influenced the students to study in Sweden was i.a the factor of knowledge and awareness. A majority found the knowledge of Sweden, the reputations of the institution quality, the awareness of the quality of the education as influencing factors. The students also found it easy to obtain information about Sweden, which is very good since this factor is a great contribution to knowledge and awareness. The answers showed that a small majority of the students were influenced by low fees and by recommendations from authorized representatives. The students were influenced by low crime and low racial discrimination factors, such as factors of clean environment and an exiting place to live in. The influencing factors of studying at Karlstad University were the reputation for quality, the reputation of institution staff, the broad range of courses and programs and the the good facilities. However many of the students stated that they choose Karlstad University because of the agreements between Karlstad University and the home University. As the students were asked to evaluate their stay in Karlstad, they seemd to be satisfied with the quality of education, the facilities, the student accomodations, the students life and Karlstad as a city.

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