Business students’ choice of short-term or long-term study abroad opportunities




Fitzsimmons, Stacey R.
Flanagan, David J.
Wang, Xiaodan “Abby”

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Journal of Teaching in International Business


Recent years have seen a proliferation of short-term study abroad opportunities. Although they are both supplementing and replacing semester-long study abroad programs, research has focused primarily on semester (long-term) programs. We draw on the theory of planned behavior (TPB) to explore factors that predict why students choose long-term and short-term programs. Results indicate that students perceive more social pressure to engage in short-term programs, and higher barriers limiting participation in long-term programs. All TPB factors significantly predicted students’ intentions to study abroad in both short-term and long-term programs with one exception; perceived behavioral control did not significantly predict intentions to participate in short-term programs. These findings can be used to improve marketing of short-term and long-term programs by addressing student concerns specific to each type of program, potentially increasing the number of students choosing to study abroad



Study Abroad, Theory of Planned Behavior, Exchange, Short-term, Long-term


Fitzsimmons, S.R., Flanagan, D.J. & Wang, X.A. (2013). Business students’ choice of short-term or long-term study abroad opportunities. Journal of Teaching in International Business, 24(2), 125-137.