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Given the criticism of the institutional practices of Japan’s higher education institutions on international students’ learning experiences, the study attempts to investigate why international students still chose to study at Japanese universities and whether they benefited from this experience. It also explores whether they benefit from this experience by focusing on their motivations, learning experiences, and outcomes of studying in Japan. Through semi-structured interviews with 12 international students who studied in two different national universities, the research findings illustrate that: firstly, international students’ decision-making of studying abroad was a complex process involving their host environments and various considerations, including academic, cultural, and financial factors; secondly, despite numerous barriers encountered by international students, they were supported well in various aspects, and finally, they believed that they benefited significantly in four key domains, including personal growth, cultural enrichment, professional development, and better career opportunities. Theoretical and practical implications are also provided for researchers, administrators, and policies makers.
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The Journal of International and Comparative Education (JICE) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License