Education Abroad in China: Literature Review of Study Abroad Program Types, Outcomes and Benefits


  • Brett Dixon



Education abroad, Study abroad, China, Benefits, Outcomes, Taxonomy, International education


While there has been an increase in education abroad in China due to China’s rise as an economic, political, military and cultural power, there haven’t been a tremendous number of peer-reviewed articles published in scholarly journals on education abroad programs in China.  This paper presents a review of information from peer-reviewed scholarly journals on the types of education abroad programs students, professors and administrators go on in China, organized in a taxonomy, and the outcomes and benefits of these programs that are stated in these sources.  The benefits and outcomes of education abroad in China culled from this literature review are matched to the list of ten main outcomes of study abroad programs presented by Parsons (2010).  In addition, a list of other outcomes not listed by Parsons (2010) that were identified and categorized through this literature review is presented.


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Author Biography

Brett Dixon

Brett Dixonis a doctoral student in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University. He holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Graduate Certificate, Middle/Secondary Education, Social Studies and ESOL Endorsements from the University of Oregon, CELTA, Cambridge/RSA, B.A. in American History, University at Albany. He has worked for more than 18 years in Taiwan, the United States, and South Korea, with children and adults, in a range of educational settings (public and private, elementary, middle and high schools, language schools/academies, companies, teacher training institutes, community college, universities) and positions (English/ESL Teacher/Instructor, Editor, Teacher Supervisor, Project Writer, Teacher Trainer, Teacher Training Program Director, English Language Fellow, Program Coordinator, Assistant Director, TOEFL ibt Speaking rater).


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How to Cite

Dixon, B. (2013). Education Abroad in China: Literature Review of Study Abroad Program Types, Outcomes and Benefits. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 23(1), 105–122.



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