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  • 1.
    Nilsson, Per A
    Umeå universitet.
    Expectations and experiences of inbound students: perspectives from Sweden2015Ingår i: Journal of International Students, ISSN 2162-3104, Vol. 5, nr 2, s. 161-174Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores expectations and outcomes for inbound students at Umea University, Sweden, comparing their expectations with what they actually experienced. Based on an initial sample of 296 students, 116 answered surveys before and after experiencing of studying abroad. The same individuals have been followed. Most of the respondents' expectations were fulfilled. Hence, the comprehension of what to expect when it comes to 'personal' experiences was shown to be in line with the respondents' expectations. However, the 'academic' experiences seemed to be more difficult to grasp in advance. Some respondents also changed their opinions regarding some of their expectations. The study has followed the same individuals over time and adds new knowledge to the field of student mobility.

  • 2.
    Nilsson, Per A
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi och ekonomisk historia.
    Expectations and experiences of temporarily studying abroad2013Ingår i: Historia Revista da FLUP, Vol. 3, s. 183-198Artikel, forskningsöversikt (Refereegranskat)
  • 3.
    Nilsson, Per A.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Studying abroad: exploring mobility, expectations and experiences among mobile students2019Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis deals with the experiences and outcomes of temporarily studying abroad, via follow-up studies, aiming to explore international student mobility with a focus on the individual’s perspective. The specific research questions, dealing with the individual students’ expectations and experiences, are addressed in three papers. The fourth paper is a framing of these studies, using results from a global study.

    The first research question connects to the attractiveness of international study experiences: Q1. What are the individual’s expectations for studying abroad, among inbound and outbound students, and what are the students’ reported experiences compared with these expectations? The second research question connects to the mobility culture of youth: Q2. Does students’ reported life satisfaction change in any way after studying abroad?

    A main finding for outbound students was an appreciation of courses offered at the destination higher education institution that were not available at Umeå University. The students also had a desire to change their environment and have new experiences. Conversely, the desire to work abroad in the future was lower after returning home. A major finding for inbound students was that they assigned higher value to personal development than academic development. The experience made the students positive in regard to working abroad. Inbound students reported significantly higher satisfaction at follow-up six months later for the domains somatic health and activities of daily living. For both in- and outbound students, experiencing a new culture was more important than pure academic experiences.When the experience was compared with the expectation, in most cases the outcomes were positively related for both in- and outbound students. The motives for international study were primarily related to personal achievements, indicating a fulfilment of one’s potential and curiosity about a sojourn abroad.

    Finally, the results from the Umeå studies were compared with a global survey. The Umeå studies shows that the respondents viewed studying abroad as an important experience and as a merit later in life. The global survey results indicate that the transition from education to the world of work is of increasing importance to students, and that it matters more for non-European students. The global study showed that employability, teaching ability, expert lectures, and course organization are important to international students.

  • 4.
    Nilsson, Per A.
    International Office, Umeå universitet.
    The Swedish experience of international student mobility2017Ingår i: Finnish universities of applied sciences on the verge of a new era: value, viability and visibility of international education / [ed] Riikka Vanhanen, Helli Kitinoja, Jyrki Holappa, Jyväskylä: JAMK University of Applied Sciences Library , 2017, s. 25-31Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The internationalisation of education started in the late 1970s when the wording in the Swedish Higher Education Act was changed, emphasising that higher education institutions (HEI) should promote understanding of other countries and of international circumstances. This also opened the door for other changes in Swedish regulations, such as the study aid system, allowing more students to study abroad. However, the greatest boost to international student mobility was when Sweden entered the Erasmus Programme in 1992 (Lundgren & Nilsson, 2009).

    It is clear that there are political ambitions when it comes to international student mobility. Politicians set the roles for mobility through political decisions about studying in a foreign country, regulations for migration, student loans, recognition for foreign degrees, etc. There is also a global education market being developed outside Sweden. More countries have an interest in the business of international education and the commodification of education due to a decrease of public HEI funding (Knight, 2012). This means that market solutions have entered the global scene, which countries around the world have to adjust to, including Sweden. The aim with this article is to highlight some of the Swedish experiences in regard to international student mobility.

  • 5.
    Nilsson, Per A.
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi och ekonomisk historia.
    Ripmeester, Nannette
    Expertise in Labour Mobility, The Netherlands.
    International student expectations: career opportunities and employability2016Ingår i: Journal of International Students, ISSN 2162-3104, Vol. 6, nr 2, s. 614-631Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Are mobile students expecting an international experience to have an impact on their career? This was one of the questions in a global survey, with over 150,000 respondents. The survey results showed that the transition from education to the world of work is of increasing importance for students. How to find a job upon graduation is apparently a big concern for current-day students, which dictates their international educational choices to a large extent. Moreover, are there differences between Europe and the rest of the world when it comes to student’s expectations of employability? This study found that opportunities for work upon graduation and earning money when studying matter more for non-European students.

  • 6.
    Nilsson, Per A.
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Stålnacke, Britt-Marie
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Rehabiliteringsmedicin.
    Life satisfaction among inbound university students in northern Sweden2019Ingår i: Fennia, E-ISSN 1798-5617, Vol. 197, nr 1, s. 94-107Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Will life satisfaction among international students change after having an experience of studying abroad? Some previous studies indicate inequalities and issues of social mobility embedded in international student mobility. International student mobility implies physical movement and new experiences gained while studying abroad. The ubiquity of international students and their generally successful adaptation makes it necessary to understand how they manage to turn a seemingly difficult situation into satisfying adaptation. One area of such concern that this study sought to explore was the students’ level of satisfaction with life. This study investigated the self-reported life satisfaction of inbound university students upon arrival to a university in northern Sweden and at follow-up six months later. After the study period abroad, the students’ levels of perceived satisfaction with their somatic health and activities of daily living had significantly increased. Higher levels, while non-significant, were found for the domains life as a whole, study situation and economy. These findings may indicate that studying abroad could have an impact on students’ reported life satisfaction, which highlights the value of a period of studying abroad. However, when exploring life satisfaction outcomes among internationally mobile students, it seems pertinent to study student mobility within a context. This study mostly targets international student mobility in a Western/European contex

  • 7.
    Nilsson, Per A.
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Westin, Kerstin
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Müller, Dieter K.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Great expectations of studying abroad: Exchange students from Umeå University, Sweden2019Ingår i: Exploring the opportunities and challenges of international students / [ed] Michael Allison, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2019, s. 99-124Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to investigate students’ expectations and experiences when studying abroad. A group of outbound exchange students at Umeå University, Sweden, were surveyed before and after the experience of studying in a foreign country. The study is based on a panel of 57 students, who answered one questionnaire prior to leaving for studies abroad and another after six months when most had returned to Sweden. Overall, the students were satisfied with their stay abroad. While the findings are partly in line with previous studies – the students expected to develop their language skills, learn more about another culture, develop as a person, and use the experience as a merit in their future career – this study also showed that in some aspects their perception of studying abroad changed. Perceptions that changed between the questionnaires concerned courses not being offered at Umeå University, more courses being available abroad than at home, and change of environment; the students appreciated this change more than they had expected. Moreover, the willingness to work abroad after finishing the studies was assessed lower upon the return home after the time abroad. Swedish outbound exchange students can be characterized as participants in horizontal mobility, as they expect a foreign higher education institution (HEI) to be of similar quality as their home university, thus emphasizing personal development more than academic achievement.

  • 8. Nilsson, Per A.
    et al.
    Westin, Lars
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Centrum för regionalvetenskap (CERUM).
    Exemplet Northumbria University: Internationella studenter - en ny utmaning för universitetet och Umeåregionen2004Ingår i: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, nr 4/12Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 9. Nilsson, Per A.
    et al.
    Westin, Lars
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Centrum för regionalvetenskap (CERUM).
    Staden, universiteten och de internationella studenterna2005Ingår i: PLAN, ISSN 0032-0560, nr 1, s. 12-15Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
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