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ERIC Number: EJ1107748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1814-6627
Not Merely a Matter of Academics: Student Experiences of a South African University as Study-Abroad Destination
Paola, R. J.; Lemmer, E. M.
Africa Education Review, v10 n1 p80-96 2013
Study abroad programmes attract considerable numbers of American college students; however, very few select an African country as their study-abroad destination. This article explores the experiences of American undergraduates who made the uncommon choice of a South African university as destination for a mid-length immersion type programme. The researcher examined the nature and purpose of, and trends in, study abroad by a literature review; a conceptual theoretical framework comprised theories of cultural adjustment. The qualitative enquiry used semi-structured, diachronic interviews at three critical intervals to obtain data from six purposefully chosen participants who spent a semester at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Key findings indicated fluidity in the stages of cultural adjustment; the role of social networks; the impact of race and gender on adjustment; and reflections on South Africa as a study-abroad destination in retrospect. Finally, the potential of South African universities as study abroad destination for international students is suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United States
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