Career Prospects for Foreign Graduate Students in Nonenglish Speaking Countries
MetadataShow full item record
Over the past few years, the number of foreign students from both European and non-European countries have increased in higher education institutions in the European Union (EU) and in the world. This increase is due to the interconnectivity of national economies and the phenomena of internationalization of higher education – the development of higher education and improved opportunities to study for students who come from abroad. Global economic, political and social processes and changes have influenced the development of studying conditions, such as: the youth unemployment rate in Europe has increased; increased political attention on education, where education is linked to employment and careers; massive participation and increasing competition amongst higher education institutions and entrants; higher education funding loss (the impact of the crisis); inadequate provision of higher education in emerging economies; the development of information technologies (distance learning), etc. In analyzing the motives of students' choice to study abroad, the change is quite noticeable. Previously, study abroad was seen as an opportunity to contribute to society, the state, but not individual goals. However, when students pay for their studies independently, their goals are more aligned towards career prospects and opportunities to remain in the country they studied in. Meanwhile, the main criteria of the selection of foreign students for studying abroad are: study language (English), the quality of programs, immigration policy and future (work) opportunities, study fees, perspectives, culture, etc. Thus, institutions are facing an increasing financial and competitive pressure to attract and retain as many foreign students as possible. This means that institutions of higher education need to innovate more by improving the admission of foreign students and balancing them with student support services that promote students’ success, including the expectations of career and job opportunities.