Learning abroad (LA)

This key interest area encompasses all forms of staff and student international mobility with a particular emphasis on student learning abroad (outbound and inbound) and virtual mobility. 


Topics under this KIA typically include:

  • learning abroad programs, including exchanges, internships, practicums, study tours and virtual mobility
  • creative approaches to enhancing access to and diversity of participation in learning abroad programs
  • trends and developments in learning abroad
  • innovations in learning abroad program design and destinations
  • mobility innovations in non-traditional settings and sectors
  • work and learning outcomes from participating in learning abroad
  • funding and grants (including the New Colombo Plan)
  • student safety in learning abroad. 


Topics in this key interest area may overlap with business development and strategy (BD&S) and teaching and learning (T&L). 

Target audience

This KIA will be of interest to:

  • learning abroad professional staff 
  • academic staff involved in learning abroad programs – e.g. study tour leaders
  • admissions staff (for learning abroad). 

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