Students’ Stories of Studying Abroad: Reflections Upon Return


  • Jane Costello Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada



critical thinking, study abroad, interdisplinary curriculum, cultural immersion


Study abroad brings an enriching experience to students’ academic and personal lives. This narrative essay relays two students’ experiences with study abroad sojourns and touches upon their technology use during their study abroad as recounted in semi-structured interviews. Details of their cultural experiences and reflections thereof as well as the impact these experiences had on their lives are presented. Student participation in study abroad semesters is increasing each year. Understanding previous students’ experience studying abroad, how this impacted their studies and life afterwards can inform decision making of other students considering this option. Additionally, awareness of the technologies used to stay in touch with those at home informs administrative and technical decisions for institutions to consider.

Author Biography

Jane Costello, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

JANE COSTELLO, PhD is a Senior Instructional Design Specialist at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Jane’s interests include instructional systems design, learner centered feedback, learning communities, factors that impact student learning, and tablet computing in education




How to Cite

Costello, J. (2015). Students’ Stories of Studying Abroad: Reflections Upon Return. Journal of International Students, 5(1), 50–59.



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