Psychology Faculty Presentations

Title

Personal and Cultural Adjustments Involved with an Oxford Study Abroad Experience

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference/Event

2nd Annual Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research

Location

Lefkosa, Cyprus

Event Date

2-8-2012

Keywords

Study abroad; student development; Oxford University; qualitative research

Abstract

We report the results of a qualitative research study from in-depth interviews with 23 American students’ responses to a study abroad experience at New College, Oxford University (U.K.). Two primary themes are reported here from the analysis of students’ transcripts: maturity development and personal development. Maturity development said to have been stretched through new experiences and increased independence. Personal development was enhanced via expanded horizons and the indelible impression that was left with students following the SA experience.

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