ERIC Number: ED368289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Expecting the Worst (or the Best!). What Exchange Programs Should Know about Student Expectations. Occasional Papers in Intercultural Learning, Number 16.
Rohrlich, Beulah F.
Approximately 500 undergraduate students, representing colleges and universities across the United States, who were about to embark on a semester-long credit-bearing sojourn sponsored by Syracuse University (New York) to one of four locations (London, Strasbourg, Madrid, and Florence) were surveyed about their aspirations and attitudes regarding language, food and health, and adjustment/homesickness. Findings indicated: only three percent of respondents stated that learning the host language was the prime reason for studying abroad; just half of the respondents had a positive attitude toward language acquisition; 59 percent had positive expectations about the host country's food, while 27 percent had negative attitudes; 64 percent had positive expectations concerning matters of health; 80 percent felt positively about adjusting to a new lifestyle and a different academic setting; and homesickness was not expected to be a serious concern. Findings prompted a revision of a 1989 chart by Cornelius Grove which was designed to guide programmers planning an immediate post-arrival orientation in choosing the most pertinent topics. The chart shows when certain concerns become most acute, the complexity of the network of expectations, and the adjustment pattern. Implications for planning student exchange programs are discussed. (JDD)
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Differences, Cultural Exchange, Expectation, Food, Health, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Multicultural Education, Second Language Learning, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Exchange Programs, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Students
AFS Center for the Study of Intercultural Learning, 313 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Syracuse Univ., NY. Div. of International Programs.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office of International Education.
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY. Center for the Study of Intercultural Learning.