Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The most common international experience that US students have while undergraduates is a faculty-led study abroad. These can last between two to ten weeks and allow students an opportunity to travel to a foreign location with a cohort of American students and faculty member. This is a valuable experience, especially for students that have never before traveled oversees. However, the opportunity to develop their intercultural knowledge and competence is limited by the fact they are constantly interacting with other American students. To overcome this deficit, we partnered with a French institution to offer a faculty-led study abroad course. Before departing the US, American students were given a French pen-pal at the host institution and were able to start communicating with them. During the two-week stay in France, students participated in a number of social activities with their French counterparts. Students completed a pre- and post-survey to determine the extent to which their intercultural knowledge had changed. Students participating in a separate study abroad program in Germany, where there is no interaction with students from the host institution, were also asked to complete the pre- and post-survey. This cohort serves as a control group and will enable us to determine the extent to which interaction with students from the host country promotes intercultural knowledge.
Warnock, J., & Melnychuk, G. (2018, June), Development of Students' Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30330
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