Two Innovative Approaches to Changing Attitudes to Study Abroad Mobility (E/SI)

April 28, 2021 | 1:15 - 2:00

Track: Going Global

Attitude, confidence, or lack thereof, unclear understanding of the future benefits and opportunities for employment, lack of encouragement to participate, as well as financial challenges have been considered as main factors contributing to discourage study mobility experiences before COVID-19. In this session, two innovative approaches to changing students’ attitudes to outbound mobility post–COVID-19 will be explored. Through a joint British Columbia and Northwest Territories Study Abroad Peer Support pilot project, the partnering institutions addressed barriers to outbound mobility in a collaborative virtual space and will present the results of investigating ways to create a new, more inclusive, and socially-just model of study abroad in the emerging post-COVID-19 postsecondary education landscape. A Nova Scotia initiative in collaboration with Expertise in Labour Mobility in the Netherlands used a gamification model to encourage students to look at the employability benefits of their study abroad experience. This project focused on the attainment of employability skills to match with the needs of employers in Nova Scotia and around the world. This collaboration between Nova Scotia and Netherlands will allow student mobility participants to see the benefits of both virtual and in-person study abroad experiences and give them the ability to articulate their learning to future employers.

Session Speakers

Kellie McMullin

Manager, International Learning (Outbound), NSCC International

Nova Scotia Community College

Rachelle Munchinsky

Project Lead, International Education

College of New Caledonia

Romana Pasca

Manger, International Projects, Partnerships and Global Education, Office of Global Engagement

North Island College

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