Conference: Residence Abroad, Social Networks and Second Language Learning
10 April – 12 April, 2013 – University of Southampton
Jim Coleman, Open University, UK
Celeste Kinginger, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Ulrich Teichler, University of Kassel, Germany
Study/ residence abroad is a major and growing feature of higher education today, with an estimated 3.7million students participating annually. The European Union has set a target of 20 per cent of students undertaking some form of study/residence abroad, and some countries are already surpassing this level.
Study/ residence abroad can be a life-changing experience for participants, leading to academic, cultural, intercultural, linguistic, personal and professional gains (BA-UCML, 2012). At the same time, in the UK some student groups remain reluctant to participate, and those who do participate benefit from the experience to varying degrees. The design of programmes and support systems for students abroad can significantly affect their experience and the benefit they derive from it.
For more information and to register for the event go to the conference website.