LivIing Abroad: Irish Erasmus Students Experiences' of Integration in Spain

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Title: LivIing Abroad: Irish Erasmus Students Experiences' of Integration in Spain
Authors: Hernandez, M. Rosario
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Date: 1-May-2019
Online since: 2019-07-01T10:45:05Z
Abstract: Living and studying in another country requires students to pursue a process of integration into a number of areas of life, among them university itself, as well as social and cultural events and day-today activities, all of which require the building of relationships. As English has become the lingua franca in many countries, English-speaking students nowadays face increased challenges to using Spanish as a means of communication to fully integrate into the host country. This paper identifies the strategies employed by a cohort of students from an Irish university during their year abroad in Spain with the aim of explaining their process of integration into the host country. The data used for this study were an integral part of a module completed by the students during their study abroad, where students wrote two reflective assignments in Spanish to analyse their experiences during study abroad. Results show that students who made efforts to move out of their comfort zone had a positive experience of integration. The experiences of students who did not integrate so successfully are discussed and recommendations that may be relevant for students and institutions in their preparation for study abroad are provided.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: SciencePress
Start page: 63
End page: 72
Series/Report no.: Advances in Education and Educational Trends Series
Copyright (published version): 2019 inScience Press
Keywords: Study abroadIntegrationForeign languagesHigher educationReflection
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Carmo, M. (ed.). Education Applications & Developments IV
ISBN: 978-989-54312-3-6
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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