3.3.4. Preparing students for study tours and understanding why students withdraw from mobility programs

Date:  Friday 9 October
Time: 1:05PM - 2:20PM
Location: R6

Session Type: Thematic session

Chair: Ms Kim Siemensma, Senior Coordinator, La Trobe Abroad, La Trobe University (Australia)

Critical components in preparing students for short-term study tours to Asia (1013)

With the advent of the New Colombo Plan, it is important that educational institutions address the projected substantial growth in outbound student mobility to Asia. Universities need to provide effective tools to help students successfully engage in intercultural learning activities in this region. This Office for Learning and Teaching-funded project sought to answer the question: What are the critical components in preparing students to participate in short-term study tours to Asia? Research participants included eight academic study tour leaders, three administrative staff, and six student focus groups representing various disciplines. All participants recently undertook a short-term study tour to an Asian destination. The paper provides recommendations, based on the data, for how preparation for short-term study tours may be improved, including a discussion of roles and responsibilities for students, staff and their institutions.

Key interest area (KIA): MOB
Sector(s): HE

Dr Tracey Bretag, Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia, Australia