Intragroup Conflict During Study Abroad


  • Peter Bodycott University of Canberra, Australia



acculturation, study abroad, case study, Chinese, intragroup conflict, international students


Co-national groups of individuals from the same country can provide members with psychological and sociocultural support when coping with the stresses of studying abroad. This article examines intragroup task and relationship conflict that occurred in one co-national group during a 14-week short-term study abroad program. Findings reveal the negative effect of intragroup conflict, within the co-national group, on student’s personal and social −ethnic− identities, acculturation and program involvement. Recommendations are made about ways to help students in co-national groups cope with acculturation and intragroup conflict, and how institutions can better prepare and support students for study abroad.

Author Biography

Peter Bodycott, University of Canberra, Australia

PETER BODYCOTT, PhD, is a Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics at the University of Canberra, Australia. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and as an academic teaching and researching extensively in Asia. He has held positions at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His teaching specializations include intercultural adaptation, internationalizing higher education, teaching in early and middle years, literacy education and English as a second language. His research interests include internationalization of the curriculum, second language identity development, study abroad, international education policy and practice, intercultural education, ESL and literacy education. 




How to Cite

Bodycott, P. (2015). Intragroup Conflict During Study Abroad. Journal of International Students, 5(3), 244–259.



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