Factors that influence intercultural communication during foreign languaje exchange programs
“This research paper aims to look into the experiences of exchange students in order to analyze the consequences that linguistic, cultural, social and academic factors had in the communication of the students in the real context of the target language. The analysis of these experiences will be a useful source of information for future students interested in an academic exchange or to study a master’s degree abroad as well as for future research and theses with related topics. The results will help the School of Languages, as well as their educational staff, to look for ways to support students to have more succesful learning experiences regarding exchange programs in other countries. Additionally, this study will help the students, not only those interesetd on doing an exchange, but the whole student body of the School of Languages to be well aware of how important it is to seek for opportunities to practice the language in real contexts”.