Listening to the Voices of Students Who Studied Abroad

Students and Their Agency to Maximize Their Abroad Experiences

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i3.2857

Keywords:

academic advising, influencers, student agency, study abroad

Abstract

This article learns from student voices about how their education abroad experiences were shaped by their agency. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with 22 U.S. community college and university students and with U.S. faculty and U.K. senior staff who worked at a Study Abroad Center in London. The study focuses on what the students said were the impact they had from studying abroad, what they said about institutional support that they needed prior to studying abroad, and what they said about their changing sense of being while studying abroad. Counterbarrier construct and agency theories were used to ground the findings. The findings showed that these students used their agency to influence their decisions to study abroad, to find the strength to transcend weak institutional support services, and to recognize their own personal, social, and critical skills development as a result of studying abroad.

Author Biographies

Rosalind Latiner Raby, California State University, Northridge, USA

ROSALIND LATINER RABY, PhD, is a Senior Adjunct Faculty in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education. Her major research interests lie in the area of community college international education and higher education research.

Rupert Ward, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

RUPERT WARD, PhD, is Faculty in the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom. His major research interests lie in the area of student learning, intercultural learning, and education abroad.

Gary M. Rhodes, California State University at Dominguez Hills, USA

GARY M. RHODES, PhD, is a Professor Higher Education Administration and Leadership Program and Director, Center for Global Education at California State University at Dominguez Hills, His major research interests lie in the area of education abroad, and health and safety education.

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2021-06-15

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Raby, R. L., Ward, R., & Rhodes, G. (2021). Listening to the Voices of Students Who Studied Abroad : Students and Their Agency to Maximize Their Abroad Experiences. Journal of International Students, 11(3), 628–646. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i3.2857

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