Facilitating Students’ Interaction and Engagement with the Local Society during Study Abroad

Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Teacher Education in the 21st Century: A Focus on Convergence, 2016, pp. 247 - 262
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One of the results of internationalisation within the university sector is the increasing numbers of students participating in exchange study at a partner institution abroad, with the development of students’ intercultural awareness a commonly stated goal of such international programs. This chapter examines a unique academic program for undergraduate students of a large urban Australian university designed to support students’ intercultural development beyond the typical model of student exchange programs. In this alternative model, students still undertook courses at study at partner universities in Switzerland. However, their intercultural understandings were challenged and developed more substantially as a result of additional supports from their home university to facilitate their independent engagement with and in-depth investigation of an aspect of contemporary Swiss society.
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