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Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 1-21
  3. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 22-44
  4. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 45-68
  5. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 69-93
  6. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 94-113
  7. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 114-135
  8. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 136-159
  9. Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters
    Pages 160-172
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 173-196

About this book


This book develops a comprehensive understanding of the motivations and experiences of students who choose to study abroad for the whole or part of a degree. It includes case studies of students from East Asia, Europe and the UK, and considers the implications of their movement for contemporary higher education.


study abroad students East Asia Europe UK higher education education internationalization migration mobility Nation nature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Brunel UniversityUK
  2. 2.University of BirminghamUK

About the authors

RACHEL BROOKS Professor of Education at Brunel University, UK and co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Youth Study Group. Her research focuses on the internationalization of education, citizenship education and political engagement, and young people's experiences of education and training.  She is author of Friendship and Educational Choice.
JOHANNA WATERS Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Previously, she worked for six years in the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has published widely on transnational migration and international education and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Canada, the UK and Hong Kong.

Bibliographic information


“This book offers an in-depth overview of student mobility by focusing on less-discussed areas and making connections between neoliberalism, globalization, and education. … The analysis in Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education could certainly shed some light on the policy decision-making process in Canada.” (Jing Xiao, Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 45 (4), 2015)

"This is a timely book. It is also an interesting and well-written piece, which provides a good introduction to the topics of mobility and...internationalization in higher education." - Journal of Research in International Education

"This book offers so much more than the title suggests!...The authors take us on a fascinating journey through related theoretical debates around globalisation, migration and knowledge construction...This book should be valuable for anyone working in international and comparative education." - Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

"A valuable overview of the issues arising from the increasing internationalisation of higher education." - British Journal of Sociology of Education

"Highly recommended for scholars and policymakers in HE in both the theoretical and applied domains." - Higher Education Policy

"For students, researchers, and practitioners interested in the topic of international students, this book certainly comes recommended." - Higher Education