Global Student Pipeline

How Universities Shape Student Mobility across Berkeley and Seoul

My larger research agenda entails writing a book that reveals new modes of higher education by following the educational pathways of South Korean students in comparative perspective. Although most international students in the United States come from China and India, students from South Korea have consistently been the third largest group over the last two decades despite the country’s much smaller population. What is the larger significance of this astoundingly high proportion of South Korean students who have been studying in the United States over a considerable period of time? How do American universities capitalize on this phenomenon? And how do South Korean universities respond to the large flows of outbound students as they face tuition revenue shortages? My book takes a deep dive into two seemingly unrelated higher education contexts—the United States and South Korea—and positions them as intertwined global enterprises through examination of student mobility flows.

The book is under contract with MIT Press.