Reflecting the significant growth in international student mobility, this Action explores through an interdisciplinary prism the multifaceted nature of study and residence abroad in relation to the opportunities, experiences and outcomes for second language learning as well as the individual’s social, personal, intercultural and educational development.
- To enhance our understanding of the role of study and residence abroad in foreign language learning through the mutual sharing of research findings across different sub-fields of study and residence abroad research.
- To comparatively assess the role of study and residence abroad across a range of areas of development within the language learner, such as the linguistic, the intercultural, the personal and the social, in relation to various factors hypothesized to impact such development.
- To facilitate the dissemination of research findings as a means of information knowledge to both an academic and non-academic audience.
- To coordinate the timely organisation of events during the duration of the Action so as to maximise the insights to be gained from the members’ respective work, and thereby mutually feed into the development of such work.
- To facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers across different sub-fields of study and residence abroad research.
- To create a synergy between researchers and their research with a view to enhancing the complementarity of findings across different areas within study and residence abroad research.
- To draw on such synergy as a means to present the wealth of findings to both our international peers and to the wider public involved in study and residence abroad issues.
To develop, in terms of driving forward, a broader but more defined research agenda in relation to specific sub-themes across the field of study and residence abroad.