When the world is your oyster: international students in the UK and their aspirations for onward mobility after graduation

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Abstract

A recurrent narrative in the recent literature on international student mobility is that overseas study is motivated by a desire for onward international mobility or oriented towards specific goals such as an international career. However, the way in which transnational mobility after graduation is perceived and experienced by international students is largely unexplored. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 55 current and graduated international students from three UK universities, this paper employs Bourdieu’s central concepts of habitus and capital to explore differentiated mobility aspirations and experiences. In so doing, this article nuances, and calls for a need to problematise, the meaning and power associated with post-study mobility across borders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-290
Number of pages14
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Volume20
Issue number3
Early online date30 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 27 May 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Professor Johanna Waters and Professor Rachel Brooks for their comments on earlier drafts of this paper and all those who participated in this research. The author is also very grateful for the feedback from the two anonymous reviewers and the editor.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • international students
  • transnational mobility
  • globalisation
  • higher education
  • UK

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