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

Tracey Bretag*, Robert van der Veen, Sonia Saddiqui, Ying Zhu

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Universities need to provide effective support for students and staff to successfully engage in intercultural learning activities as part of outbound mobility experiences. This chapter addresses the less researched area of pre-departure support for student mobility experiences in Asia. The research participants for this study included eight academic study tour leaders and three administrative staff, plus five student focus groups representing various disciplines in one Australian university. All participants had recently undertaken a short-term study tour to an Asian destination. This chapter identifies the key areas of preparation for a short-term study tour from the multiple perspectives of those who organise and lead the study tour, to those who participate in the experience. The chapter concludes with recommendations for how preparation for short-term study tours may be improved, including a discussion of roles and responsibilities for students, staff and their institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on study abroad programs and outbound mobility
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781522501701
ISBN (Print)9781522501695
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in higher education and professional development (AHEPD) book series

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