Higher education abroad

Khalid Arar (The Center for Academic Studies and Sakhnin Academic College, Or Yehuda, Israel)
Kussai Haj‐Yehia (Beit‐Berl Academic College, Kefar‐Saba, Israel)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Publication date: 19 April 2013



This study aims to expand the authors’ exploratory qualitative study, describing the characteristics of the flow of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel (PAI) to Jordanian higher education (HE) institutes as an alternative to HE studies in Israel (Jordanization).


At this stage of the study, 460 PAI studying in six Jordanian universities answered a questionnaire indicating the factors that led them to seek HE in Jordan. Respondents’ comparisons between the Israeli and Jordanian HE systems were analysed.


Results showed that Jordanian HE attracts PAIs for practical reasons: lenient acceptance policy and better chances to graduate, while cultural and linguistic similarities between the PAI and Jordanian societies are less influential. Israel's HE is attractive for financial reasons and employment qualification.

Research limitations/implications

Future research should compare the absorption of these graduates of Jordanian universities in Israel's labour market with the absorption of other graduates from Israeli and foreign universities.

Practical implications

The under‐representative proportion of PAI students in Israeli universities indicates the need for diversified programmes and reforms to bring more PAI students into Israeli campuses. Pre‐academic programmes focusing on acquisition of academic learning skills could assist PAI students during their first academic year and help prevent dropout.


This study provides unique and specific knowledge concerning the topic of indigenous ethnic minorities who migrate to study outside their states.



Arar, K. and Haj‐Yehia, K. (2013), "Higher education abroad ", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 95-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/17581181311310306

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