Parents a key player in offspring studying abroad

Parents are a key player in influencing their offspring to study abroad, according to a worldwide survey to get inside the applicant’s mind and understand the study abroad decision-making process.

More than 8,500 postgraduate and undergraduate students planning to go abroad for a programme primarily taught in English were surveyed by the i-graduate International Insight Group and the TOEFL® and GRE® Programs.

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The findings were shared with higher education international marketing and recruitment professionals attending the Studyportals ‘Embracing Change’ Academy, held in Amsterdam last week.

The session was led by María Victoria Calabrese, academic and government relations director at ETS Global, which administers and scores over 50 million English-language tests in 180 countries, including the TOEFL test.

Calabrese said while the survey showed most students claimed it was their decision to study abroad, many openly admitted their parents greatly influenced their move to enrol in another country.

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