How do people adapt to a new culture? What coping strategies do they use? Do exchange students still use stereotypes? What are the outcomes beyond cultural competence? Does an exchange impact on students’ personality? Why are inter-cultural friendships so important?
Above are just a few of the questions that will be addressed in this research by the University of Essex. The study will compare AFS participants from 48 countries with a group of matched peers. Groups will be closely monitored for 20 months (before, during, & after exchange).
Returning from international experiences: how to evaluate and build on them.
A research by the University of Rome Tor Vergata and SICESE (Sezione Italiana Comparative Education Society in Europe) investigating the definition and evaluation of the competences that can be gained during a long term study exchange overseas, and how they impact on the school and work career of the students.
Skills of an intercultural generation.
A research to verify if and how the intercultural skills learned during an international experience apply when dealing with immigration in the home country.