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A Study on the Motivation for Selection of Korean Language Major by International Students and Their Satisfaction about their Major

외국인 유학생의 한국어 전공에 대한 선택 동기와 전공만족도에 대한 연구

  • Linn, Thandar (Dept. of Korean language and literature, Yonsei University)
  • 딴다린 (연세대학교 국어국문학과)
  • Received : 2017.06.09
  • Accepted : 2017.07.07
  • Published : 2017.07.31

Abstract

The Korean language major is being activated in line with the increasing number of international students who are studying in South Korea. Therefore, the motivation for selecting a university major varies according to the background, environment, and values of each student. Thus, it is meaningful to examine the motivation of international students to select their major and their satisfaction on the major. In this study, 173 international students living in Seoul were surveyed and the data were analyzed using SPSS 21.0 and AMOS 23.0 to demonstrate the structural relationship between their motivation for selecting the major and their satisfaction about the major. From analysis result, their motivation for selecting a Korean language major were classified into internal and external motivations, and their major satisfaction was classified into perception satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, subject satisfaction, and general satisfaction. Regarding the motivations to select a Korean language major, the level of external motivation was very high, and among the major satisfaction, the level of general satisfaction was the highest. Furthermore, the external and internal motives had significant positive effects on all the categories of major satisfaction, including the perception satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, subject satisfaction, and general satisfaction. This study suggests effective methods to improve the satisfaction of international students about the Korean language major such as the provision of information about and opportunities for employment using their major and the provision of a high quality.

Keywords

Korean language major;university student;international student;motivation for major selection;major satisfaction

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