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

Kendall Jarrett, Laura Ellis

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of University Teaching & Learning Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


  • study abroad
  • shared story
  • home institution support

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