This collection explores student mobility and study abroad programmes across Europe, presenting original research on personal, linguistic, and intercultural development during study abroad experiences.

The volume synthesizes work from the 2016-2020 Cost Action 15130 ‘Study Abroad Research in European Perspective’ research network, offering a multidisciplinary account of the intersection of language learning and study abroad in Europe amidst the changing contemporary higher education landscape, as well as new directions for future research. The initial section comprises short survey chapters outlining key themes and literature, connecting traditional study abroad research with new multilingual and transnational realities. This is supported by a main section containing original empirical studies in a wide range of European contexts and a short afterword bringing together policy and pedagogical proposals. Taken together, the collection shines a light on the impact of the internationalisation of higher education on linguistic dimensions of student mobility while including a range of lesser studied settings and languages. New insights are offered on language learning, identity, interculturality, student agency and motivation, and transnational social networks in the study abroad context.

This book will be of particular interest to students, researchers and institutions interested in the intersection of language learning and study abroad, including such areas as multilingualism, higher education, and applied linguistics.

part I|44 pages

Overviews of the Field

chapter 1|10 pages

Language and Student Mobility in Europe

ByRosamond Mitchell

chapter 2|9 pages

International Student Mobility as Transnationalism

ByHenry Tyne, Paolo Ruspini

chapter 3|12 pages

Linguistic Effects of International Student Mobility in European Perspective

ByCarmen Pérez-Vidal, Àngels Llanes

chapter 4|11 pages

Conceptualising Plurilingual Identities in Study Abroad Settings

ByAna Beaven, Jean E. Conacher

part II|230 pages

Empirical Studies

chapter 5|17 pages

Study Abroad and Students’ (Lack of) Social Integration

The Case of Spanish Ghettos in Italy
BySònia Mas-Alcolea, Helena Torres-Purroy

chapter 6|15 pages

Retelling Immersion in France

Opportunities and Affordances in Language Use
ByAnne Marie Devlin, Henry Tyne

chapter 7|20 pages

Motivations and Social Integration of Mobile Students

Experiences of Short-Term International Mobility Students at a Lithuanian University
ByInga Gaižauskaitė, Irena Žemaitaitytė, Lora Tamošiūnienė

chapter 8|18 pages

Peer Interactions and Second Language Learning

The Contributions of Social Network Analysis in Study Abroad versus At-Home Environments
ByMichał B. Paradowski, Andrzej Jarynowski, Karolina Czopek, Magdalena Jelińska
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chapter 9|19 pages

Self-Efficacy in Managing Intercultural Interactions as an Outcome of Participation in the Erasmus Programme

Evidence from German Exchange Students in the UK
ByGianna Hessel

chapter 10|18 pages

L2 Progress and Changes in Participants’ Intercultural Competence Abroad

A Study of Flemish Sojourners
ByAna Maria Moreno Bruna, Patrick Goethals

chapter 12|18 pages

The Impact on Language Identity of a Study Abroad Experience

ByRosamond Mitchell, Višnja Pavičić Takač, Emre Güvendir, Griet Boone, Anu Härkönen

chapter 13|18 pages

The Role of Context in Shaping Narratives of Plurilingual Identity

The Case of Non-Language Majors Studying Abroad
BySanja Marinov, María-Victoria Soulé, Josep-Maria Cots

chapter 14|18 pages

The Linguistic Repertoire and Lived Experience of a Slovak Student

Contradictory Dispositions to L1 Slovak and L2 Japanese Revealed by Language Portraits
ByNoriko Iwasaki

chapter 15|17 pages

Learner Engagement and Study Abroad

The Influence of Personal Agency on Sojourner–Host Interaction
ByJune Eyckmans

chapter 17|15 pages

Extracurricular Language Learning during Study Abroad in Lithuania

BySaulė Petronienė, Saulutė Juzelėnienė

part III|5 pages


chapter 18|3 pages


ByRosamond Mitchell, Henry Tyne