Journal article

Identity Development During Student Exchange: A Qualitative Study of Students' Perspectives on the Processes of Change

Samuel McKay, Lyda Lannegrand, Jason Skues, Lisa Wise

Emerging Adulthood | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


Student exchange is associated with many positive outcomes, however, little is known about the experiences that drive such changes. The aim of the current qualitative study was to explore how exchange students conceptualize the processes of change and development during exchange within an identity framework. Twenty interviews were conducted with Australian and French exchange alumni aged 19–23 years. Thematic analysis identified two major themes of change with specific associated driving experiences titled “I did it, so I can do it” and “I know who I am, I know what I want.” The second theme included two subthemes addressing an increased valuing of diversity and interest in international exp..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The first author was a recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship during the production of this article.