1.2.P. Poster session: 'internationalisation'

Date:  Wednesday 7 October
Time: 10:45AM - 12:00PM
Location: PZ

Session Type: Poster

What does it take for students to develop their intercultural competence through study abroad? (1058)

This poster will present research showing that time spent abroad may contribute little to intercultural competence development. Some students may benefit, while others may return home less competent than before. Findings are based on 40,000 respondents who answered the Intercultural Readiness Check (IRC). Respondents also provided biographical data and 75% answered some questions about their number of friends from other cultures. Analyses suggest that experience abroad contributes to intercultural competence development only for those students who develop meaningful relationships with people from other cultures. The findings will be discussed in light of general research on intercultural friendship.

Key interest area (KIA): INT
Sector(s): HE, VET

Dr Mark Keough, Principal Consultant, Meechi Road Consulting, Australia