“Hindsight is 20/20:” Student Perceptions of Language Learning and the Study Abroad Experience


  • Vija G. Mendelson




Student Perception, Language Learning, Study Abroad


Gathering student opinions about study abroad experience proves an effective way to address some of the issues these assumptions raise. In this project, 31 students who attended UMass Amherst (UMass) 2002 Salamanca Summer Program (four weeks) and 14 students who attended the UMass 2002 Granada Fall Program (14 weeks) agreed to participate. Five of these students, who studied abroad a second time with the UMass 2003 Oviedo Spring Program (18 weeks), also participated in a follow-up to the main study.


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Author Biography

Vija G. Mendelson

Vija G. Mendelson has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has worked abroad with university students in Granada, Oviedo, Salamanca, and Santo Domingo, and her research focuses on contemporary issues of linguistic acquisition and cross-cultural learning. She is now Director of Academic Affairs and Assessment at Academic Programs International and serves on the data collection committee of The Forum on Education Abroad. 


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How to Cite

Mendelson, V. G. (2004). “Hindsight is 20/20:” Student Perceptions of Language Learning and the Study Abroad Experience. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 10(1), 43–63. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v10i1.132