A Systematic Review and Conceptual Model of International Student Mobility Decision-making

Albien, Anouk J.; Mashatola, Ngoako J. (2021). A Systematic Review and Conceptual Model of International Student Mobility Decision-making (In Press). Social Inclusion, 9(1) Cogitatio Press 10.17645/si.v9i1.3769

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This research synthesizes the most recent studies on the international student mobility of higher education students. Our aim is to begin to conceptualize and predict the barriers, enablers and determinants from an organizational psychology perspective that may contribute to the limited decision-making of higher education students to become internationally mobile. Previous studies were used to examine the uncertainties and difficulties documented in other international student groups to try to understand the determinants of internationally mobile versus non-internationally mobile students, and make transferrable conceptual links to South African higher education students. These conceptual links are framed in an organizational psychology perspective. This article uses a systematic review methodology and began by framing review objectives, identifying relevant publications, establishing criteria for selecting the studies that were analyzed, summarizing the evidence found, and drawing relevant conclusions. A conceptual model is proposed as an extension of the current international student mobility literature and merged with organizational psychology theory to develop a new future research line. Research limitations are addressed, and practical implications are discussed to assess whether interventions can be created to support international mobility decision-making amongst international students in general, and South African higher education students in particular, to create a globally competitive workforce and sustainable employment paths.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Albien, Anouk Jasmine


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Cogitatio Press


[UNSPECIFIED] Swiss–Sub Saharan African Migrant Network (SSAM) Grant


[UNSPECIFIED] Migrant Aspirations of Stellenbosch University Students (MASUS)




Anouk Jasmine Albien

Date Deposited:

09 Feb 2021 15:23

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:43

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

global workforce; higher education students; international student mobility; internationally non-mobile students; mobility barriers; mobility decision-making; mobility determinants; mobility enablers; organizational psychology; South Africa; sustainable employment





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