Researching language-focused study abroad through an equity lens: A research agenda

Hyun-Sook Kang, Rachel Shively

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Study abroad (SA) has long been regarded as a key component of internationalization efforts in higher education and much scholarship has investigated the practices and outcomes of SA from varied perspectives. More recently, scholars have paid growing attention to ways to increase the participation of historically marginalized students in SA, to design SA programs to meet those students’ needs, and to document their experiences abroad. Despite recent scholarship in these areas, relatively little research has employed an equity lens to address research on language-focused SA. This article puts forward language-focused SA as a possible venue to pursue equity and to provide quality education for all students, especially for historically underserved students. More specifically, we address three overarching questions: (1) What theoretical frameworks could be implemented to research SA through an equity lens?; (2) What methodological approaches could inform SA research with an equity lens?; and (3) What topics could be examined to research SA through an equity lens? Drawing on equity as a guiding principle, we discuss relevant research tasks that demonstrate specific ways to address these overarching questions in future research on language-focused SA.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages22
JournalLanguage Teaching
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jun 8 2023


  • Equity
  • Equality
  • Studying abroad
  • Online international education
  • Marginalized students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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