What Is Study Abroad?

  • Christina L. Isabelli-García
  • Casilde A. Isabelli


In this chapter, we introduce a number of concepts fundamental to our discussion of study abroad and language gains. As researchers, we must identify appropriate participants in order for our findings to be scientifically relevant. Therefore, we begin with an overview of the varying reasons sojourners might live, work, and/or study in a host country. We then limit the discussion to those sojourns that are primarily undertaken with the purpose of learning the host country’s language, and we focus on what education abroad means to these learners. We continue with a description of typical study abroad program durations, types, and housing options, and consider their varying benefits and limitations on language learning. The chapter concludes with an overall summary as well as questions for reflection and suggestions for further reading.


Sojourners abroad Program types and components Program duration Housing abroad 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina L. Isabelli-García
    • 1
  • Casilde A. Isabelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Gonzaga UniversitySpokaneUSA
  2. 2.University of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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