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Does studying abroad matter? The case of entrepreneurial intention

Halil Ali Uskuri (School of Postgraduate Studies, European University of Lefke, Lefke, Turkey)
Harun Sesen (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Cyprus International University, North Cyprus, Turkey)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 12 December 2022




The purpose of this research is to determine the impact of getting a higher education degree in a developed country on entrepreneurial intentions of individuals in developing countries by using the social cognitive career choice theory.


A quantitative methodology was utilised through the application of a questionnaire in a sample located in Northern Cyprus.


This research found that for the students who study abroad, the effects of entrepreneurial self-efficacy, outcome expectations and entrepreneurial interest on entrepreneurial career choices are different than for students who study in their homeland. This finding indicates that the location of the university differentiates the antecedents of entrepreneurial career choice of university students.

Research limitations/implications

This research has similar limitations to any cross-sectional research. Conversion of these intentions to behaviour should be explored further. Moreover, different models, such as the theory of planned behaviour, should be incorporated to determine if there are significant, meaningful differences between both groups.


The authors did not come across any other research combining the social cognitive career theory and the study abroad subject relating to entrepreneurial career choice. Thus, this research makes a unique contribution to the entrepreneurial career choice theory by showing the moderating role of studying abroad.



Uskuri, H.A. and Sesen, H. (2022), "Does studying abroad matter? The case of entrepreneurial intention", Education + Training, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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