Interest in studying abroad “reaches back into your social origins,” says new study

December 15, 2015

Students from underprivileged backgrounds are less likely to consider studying abroad because they have had fewer “cultural opportunities” while growing up, according to a new German study. The survey of 5,800 prospective PSE students was not the first to determine that “underprivileged” students were less likely to study abroad, but according to author Nicolai Netz of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, it was one of the first to examine why this is the case. He added that “our study shows, and I think this is the new thing, that the decision to study abroad reaches back to your social origins, to very early in your youth and your time at school.” Times Higher Education