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"Things I would have liked to know before" - How to enhance the Erasmus experience

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dc.contributor.author Rieder, Maria
dc.contributor.author Holfter, Gisela
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-19T12:06:40Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-19T12:06:40Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6974
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract .In the context of an ERASMUS+ project (CONNECT –Intercultural Learning Network), focus groups were setup at the University of Limerick. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods such as questionnaires and essays, we analyse students’ perceptions of their own need for specific preparation, when asked prior and subsequent to Erasmus periods abroad. In our paper we look at aspects such as preparation for the study abroad experience, intercultural learning and student perceptions of training needs as well as other aspects they found important or lacking in their preparation or actual experience abroad in the context of a European training project. In order to do so we will introduce the CONNECT project which we are currently developing with partners in eight European countries. This project is a cross-sectoral project, bringing together practitioners and experts from the university and youth sector. It was initiated to create an innovative intercultural learning scenario, consisting of an e-learning platform and curricula for pre-departure and re-entry orientation, to support Erasmus participants in the higher education sector before, during and after their exchange by integrating methods and concepts from non-formal youth education to formal education. In our article, we will report on initial findings and feedback regarding the face-to-face curricula for pre-departure orientation at Limerick University and give a short overview of perceived student needs and ideas for sustainable mentoring programmes from students who had not participated in the programme but had experienced studying abroad. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher German as a Foreign Language en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries German as a Foreign Language;1, pp. 68-81
dc.subject study abroad en_US
dc.subject Erasmus en_US
dc.subject intercultural communication en_US
dc.subject cultural awareness en_US
dc.subject student perceptions en_US
dc.title "Things I would have liked to know before" - How to enhance the Erasmus experience en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-07-19T11:57:02Z
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2742772
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle German As A Foreign Language
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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