A COMPARISON OF STUDY ABROAD AND GLOBALIZATION ATTITUDES AMONG INFORMATION SYSTEMS, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND BUSINESS STUDENTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IS CURRICULUM DESIGN
Issues in Information Systems
The objectives of this study were to identify IS students' (1) study abroad desires, (2) study abroad beliefs, (3) study abroad preferences, (4) globalization beliefs, and (5) the factors that predict study abroad desires, and provide IS educators with recommendations for increasing student participation in study abroad programs. A survey was conducted of a sample of 339 IS, business, and CS majors. Most IS and business students express strong interest in studying abroad. In a regression
... a regression analysis, study abroad career beliefs and major were significant predictors of desire to study abroad. Upper class majors approached significance in being less likely to desire studying abroad, and upper income students approached significance in being more likely to desire studying abroad. Globalization beliefs and gender were not significant predictors of desire to study abroad. Major conclusions include the following: (1) IS majors' study abroad destination choices are not strategic; (2) IS majors report that parents have more influence on their study abroad decisions than friends, instructors, and advisors; (3) IS majors express strong agreement that studying abroad and working effectively with members of other cultures is important to their careers; and (4) beliefs about the impact of globalization on the economy and gender are not predictors of desire to study abroad. The conclusion resulted in 15 recommendations for IS educators.