In its fourth year, the Broadening Horizons series explores the drivers and barriers relating to study abroad. The latest report, Broadening Horizons 2016: Maximising the impact of study abroad looks at returned UK students and investigates how the overseas study experience has manifested itself in their UK institutional experience, career expectations and contributions to society. With dialogue shifting from how to incentivise students to go overseas to verifying the impacts of study abroad on an individual, institutional and national level, this new report focuses on outcomes once students return to UK university life.
In cooperation with the National Union of Students, the fourth Broadening Horizons report features research including results from an online survey and focus groups. The research examined student motivations and expectations in pursuing study abroad and compared them to experiences and outcomes in areas including future academic plans, career ambitions, engagement with their home institution and social awareness.
International study does not end with the student’s return home; to maximise institutional and community benefits, an assessment of outcomes is also an integral part of the process. Given that importance of study abroad to the internationalisation agenda, this report delivers understanding on the immediate and longer-term impacts of the overseas experience on students, their institutions, and communities. Stakeholders will also get insights into practices which can help optimise the benefits of the international study experience and inform increasingly sophisticated mobility strategies.