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Academic vs the 'real' world: a profile of undergraduate accounting student circumstances in affording scholarship

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Abstract


  • Australian universities have large numbers of international student enrolments in accounting courses.

    They offer both domestic and international students the same professionally accredited accounting

    curriculum, with additional literacy components added where a deficit is identified. However, still

    industry need is not met. A survey of undergraduate accounting students from a regional Australian

    university was done to ascertain the amount of paid work undertaken by undergraduate accounting

    students, the reasons why they seek paid employment and their subsequent pattern of work hours.

    Specifically differences in the financial needs and employment opportunities between domestic and

    international undergraduate accounting students are examined. This study found that for the majority,

    the sources of funding used to support students tertiary accounting studies differed between domestic

    and international enrolments. While international students were most dependent upon their families

    followed by savings and employment to finance their studies, domestic students were most reliant upon

    employment followed by family and savings to fund their studies. Both international and domestic

    students indicate their primary reason for undertaking paid work is to cover their educational expenses.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Rudkin, K. M. & De Zoysa, A. (2008). Academic vs the ''real'' world: a profile of undergraduate accounting student circumstances in affording scholarship. In L. Khim Sen, M. Ang Chooi Hwa, H. Amin, M. Japang, J. Woryanta Taunson, O. Ai Yee, E. Schlicht & E. Anoruo (Eds.), ied International Business Conference 2008 (pp. 1079-1085). Malaysia: Labuan School of International Business and Finance, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2919&context=era

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1308

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Abstract


  • Australian universities have large numbers of international student enrolments in accounting courses.

    They offer both domestic and international students the same professionally accredited accounting

    curriculum, with additional literacy components added where a deficit is identified. However, still

    industry need is not met. A survey of undergraduate accounting students from a regional Australian

    university was done to ascertain the amount of paid work undertaken by undergraduate accounting

    students, the reasons why they seek paid employment and their subsequent pattern of work hours.

    Specifically differences in the financial needs and employment opportunities between domestic and

    international undergraduate accounting students are examined. This study found that for the majority,

    the sources of funding used to support students tertiary accounting studies differed between domestic

    and international enrolments. While international students were most dependent upon their families

    followed by savings and employment to finance their studies, domestic students were most reliant upon

    employment followed by family and savings to fund their studies. Both international and domestic

    students indicate their primary reason for undertaking paid work is to cover their educational expenses.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Rudkin, K. M. & De Zoysa, A. (2008). Academic vs the ''real'' world: a profile of undergraduate accounting student circumstances in affording scholarship. In L. Khim Sen, M. Ang Chooi Hwa, H. Amin, M. Japang, J. Woryanta Taunson, O. Ai Yee, E. Schlicht & E. Anoruo (Eds.), ied International Business Conference 2008 (pp. 1079-1085). Malaysia: Labuan School of International Business and Finance, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2919&context=era

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1308

Start Page


  • 1079

End Page


  • 1085