Minding the expectation gap – student expectations pre-study abroad in China [chapter]

Ying Peng, Clare Wright
2020 Perspectives on the year abroad: a selection of papers from YAC2018  
Study Abroad (SA) can be expected to promote personal growth, future employability, greater intercultural awareness, adaptability, and efficacy, alongside language improvement. However, students can encounter high thresholds to meeting their own expectations, and may struggle with personal and academic transition into and on return from SA. This study reports on the initial stage of a longitudinal survey-based study of the whole SA experience for a group of UK-based students of Chinese –
more » ... ing here students' pre-departure expectations and goals. Participants had high positive expectations of linguistic gains, adaptability, and knowledge about life in China, but were less aware of broader personal gains in employability, while cultural gains for some suggested a focus on individualised 'cultural consumption'. We discuss implications for support offered pre-SA to better shape student expectations of realistic benefits and probable challenges, particularly for less familiar SA contexts such as for anglophone students in China.
doi:10.14705/rpnet.2020.39.1052 fatcat:iueat6jckvcfvetf5n33lcuso4