Living and Learning Between Canada and Korea: The Academic Experiences and Cultural Challenges of Undergraduate International Exchange Students


  • Jeong-Ja Kang Federal Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea
  • Amy Scott Metcalfe Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia



study abroad, international students, higher education


This study focuses on the experiences of short-term, “study abroad” exchange students enrolled in programs offered through reciprocal partnerships between Canadian and Korean universities, as part of a larger investigation of international student exchange policies and in response to rising student mobility between the two countries. The experiences of short-term exchange students might be best explored from a different vantage point than that of long-term students due to the variation in the types of institutional support they receive. This study utilized a narrative inquiry approach to consider and construct dynamic vignettes of the impressions of study abroad students, permitting them to reflect upon what they expected prior to their exchange and what they actually experienced. 


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Author Biographies

Jeong-Ja Kang, Federal Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea

Dr. Jeong-Ja Kang received her PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She was awarded the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) Michel Laferrière Research Award for Best Dissertation (2016). Dr. Kang is current the Director of the Teacher Policy Division for the Federal Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea.

Amy Scott Metcalfe, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia

Dr. Amy Scott Metcalfe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. 


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How to Cite

Kang, J.-J., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2019). Living and Learning Between Canada and Korea: The Academic Experiences and Cultural Challenges of Undergraduate International Exchange Students. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 11(Fall), 28–36.



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