Study abroad and student success: What’s the connection?

Ms Rebecca Cozens1, Dr Amanda Daly2, Dr Matthew Xerri1

1Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, 2Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

‘Student success’ and ‘study abroad’ are two terms which are not often associated with each other. Yet, in an environment of strained resources, many Australian institutions seek to benefit from utilising study abroad programs as a means of encouraging student success for both domestic and international students. Nationwide, institutions have developed strategies to increase student retention and academic success. In parallel, many have also created goals to increase participation in study abroad programs in an effort to internationalise the curriculum and create globally competent graduates. However, despite these efforts, little evidence exists to show the relationship between student success and study abroad and, furthermore, whether the relationship acts as a facilitator or barrier for each institution in achieving its goals. With this in mind, this presentation will introduce preliminary findings in innovative Australian-centred research and will propose a model to highlight the potential ways in which mobility offices may collaborate with faculties and student success staff to develop an integrated approach to actively engage and retain students through participation in study abroad experiences. Through exploring the transformative outcomes of study abroad programs, delegates will understand the similarities to the critical factors and determinants of student success.


Rebecca has spent eight years working in international higher education, particularly in global mobility. After several years with a focus on inbound study abroad and exchange programs, Rebecca now coordinates all outbound mobility programs at Griffith University. Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Business at QUT and is currently undertaking Honours research at Griffith University, examining the relationship between mobility and student retention at Australian universities.


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