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Developing Intercultural Sensitivity in Study Abroad Programs

Updated: Sep 4, 2018

Christian Tarchi, Alessio Surian, Colette Daiute

Archeology students from Umbra Institute


Promoting intercultural sensitivity is a key objective in a world characterized by increased mobility and social interaction within multicultural environments. Study abroad programs represent an opportunity to develop intercultural communication competences and intercultural sensitivity, if students’ reflective processes are effectively prompted. In this article, we will present acculturation and intercultural sensitivity as important theoretical frameworks to promote students’ growth while studying abroad. We also discuss the use of narratives produced through video-logs as an assessment and reflection tool that can be implemented by educators involved in study abroad programs.

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