Australian Students in China: Making the Foreign Familiar

  • Steve NerlichEmail author
  • Ross Tan
  • Donna Velliaris
  • Ping Yu
  • Christopher Lawson
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


Australian students are choosing to study in China in growing numbers, with strong support from their educational institutions and the Australian Government. All parties involved anticipate the experience will be transformative, but the diversity of individual study abroad experiences is not well understood (Tian & Lowe, 2014). The different parties involved in Australian student mobility to China, and elsewhere, anticipate some form of return on their international outbound investment. Students aim for a learning experience and improved employment prospects, institutions seek to enrich and internationalise their services, and governments pursue long-term economic prosperity through gaining a globally competent workforce.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Nerlich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ross Tan
    • 2
  • Donna Velliaris
    • 3
  • Ping Yu
    • 1
  • Christopher Lawson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Education and TrainingAustralian GovernmentCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.Australian Embassy in ChinaBeijingChina

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