Indian students' choice of study destination: reasons for choosing Singapore

Anderson, Robyn, and Bhati, Abhishek (2012) Indian students' choice of study destination: reasons for choosing Singapore. International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research, 1 (2). pp. 66-76.

PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Download (551kB)
View at Publisher Website:


n recent years, there has been a marked increase in the number of Indian international students studying at Australian universities in Singapore while during the same period; there has been a corresponding decrease in the number of this group of students studying in Australia. The study aimed to understand why one current group of Indian students studying in Singapore chose to study in Singapore at an Australian tertiary institution rather than study in Australia or elsewhere in the world. While recent assaults on Indian students in Australia may have influenced Indian students' decisions to study in locations other than Australia, there may have been other influences as well. These include the increasing strength of the Australian dollar as well as a tightening of the student visa applications.

The research design employed a mixed methods approach using focus group interviews and descriptive statistics from two surveys. The study found that for most international Indian students studying in Singapore, safety, proximity to India, lower cost of living and the perception at there were better job prospects in Singapore on the completion of their degrees compared to other locations were the prime reasons they chose to study in Singapore. The study highlights future recommendations for universities in attracting and catering for students from overseas countries.

Item ID: 22537
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-9053
Keywords: global education, higher education, Indian students, international students, Australian universities
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 07:03
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 100%
Downloads: Total: 1689
Last 12 Months: 13
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page