Thai Students Developing Intercultural Sensitivity as Study-Abroad Program Buddies


Several empirical studies have examined the intercultural sensitivity of visiting overseas students in various study-abroad contexts. However, research on the intercultural sensitivity of native hosting students, including in buddy programs, where visiting students and local students are paired for purposes of intercultural exchange is lacking. Although such programs can have have positive effects on participants, others warn that social relationships (between visitors and host nationals) can be unbalanced and superficial. Thus, understanding the factors that both facilitate and impede domestic students’ intercultural sensitivity development in contexts involving buddy programs requires further investigation. The current project aims to examine the differential effects of intergroup contact on the willingness to interact between Japanese and Thai students, while investigating any change effects on hosts’ intercultural sensitivity that occur. This paper provides an outline of the intended study.

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Brad Deacon, Nanzan University, Japan

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Conference: IICE2024
Stream: International Education

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Deacon B. (2024) Thai Students Developing Intercultural Sensitivity as Study-Abroad Program Buddies ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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