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Publication Detail
Study Abroad and Student Mobility: Stories of Global Citizenship
  • Publication Type:
    Report
  • Authors:
    Blum A, Bourn D
  • publication date:
    24/07/2019
  • Commisioning body:
    UCL Global Engagement Office
  • Keywords:
    study abroad, global citizenship, undergraduate students, student perspectives
Abstract
The opportunity to study abroad is broadly hailed as a route for young people to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills, including intercultural understanding, interpersonal skills, and language learning, among many others. Universities around the world are investing significant resources in developing a variety of study abroad programmes, ranging from short or long term in duration, and from guided to independent study. These may have a number of aims, including to promote individual student learning and development and to enhance student mobility and employability, particularly in the context of a rapid and changeable global employment market. The terms ‘global citizen’, ‘global graduate’, ‘global skills’ and ‘global mindset’ have all taken on increased significance within this context. Limited research has been conducted, however, to explore students' own perspectives of these terms. This small scale study therefore set out to explore the perspectives of students on UCL's BASc programme and especially to better understand where and how the learning they gained during study abroad resonates with UCL’s global citizenship and student mobility strategies.
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