Maintaining the connection: Story sharing as a function of home institution support for study abroad students

Authors

  • Kendall Jarrett University of Kent
  • Laura Ellis Leeds Beckett University

Keywords:

study abroad, shared story, decision-making, home institution support, staff-student connectedness

Abstract

Study abroad programmes are often reported by students to be the pinnacle of their university life experiences (Curtis & Ledgerwood, 2018). Once abroad though, the challenges of decision-making (and how a home institution can support a student’s decision-making) rarely abate. This article reports on three undergraduate students’ storied experiences of studying abroad. Shared stories uploaded onto a dedicated communal blog site reflected a growing desire for adventure at the expense of formal educational commitment. The challenges of decision-making for students and the use of story sharing as a means for academic staff to stay ‘connected’ to students are explored along with discussion of home institution support for students throughout the study abroad experience.

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Published

2020-09-01

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How to Cite

Maintaining the connection: Story sharing as a function of home institution support for study abroad students. (2020). Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 17(3). https://open-publishing.org/journals/index.php/jutlp/article/view/393