Factors Influencing International Students’ Choice of an Educational Destination – A case study of the University of Birmingham (UoB)
Researcher: Van Hai Nguyen
Supervisor: Professor Jo Andrews
Programme: MSc International Business
Academic year: 2014/2015
Student ID: 1504119
Word count: 11,460
Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of the MSc in International Business (2014/2015) Acknowledgement
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to my supervisor Professor Jo Andrews for her guidance, suggestion and encouragement. Her profound knowledge and supports gave me a great chance to enhance my understanding and knowledge about the topic under the investigation.
I also would like to thank my family and friends who have always been beside me and gave me all the supports needed for finishing this research. Last but not least, I also want to express my sincere thanks to the University of Birmingham’s international students participated in this study for their valuable supports.
Date: August 2015
Researcher: Van Hai Nguyen Abstract
The purposes of this research are to investigate the factors influencing international students’ choice of an educational destination and evaluate the level of impact that each factor influences upon the decision making process of international students at the University of Birmingham (UoB). This research has quantitative approach and mainly uses descriptive statistics to analyses the data. The convenience sampling technique was
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