Exchange Program Reflection Assignment

Encouraging reflection before, during & after programs

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”― John Dewey

Study abroad has the potential to deeply impact how students views themselves and their place in the world. In order to achieve this transformative change, space for reflective activities and processing before, during and after a program needs to be created. Reflection helps students critically process what they experiencing, can help encourage identity development in relation to the host country context, provides an important outlet when students encounter challenging situations and helps the blending of academic content with personal experience.

This article highlights the usefulness of student research journals and reflective field exercises in study abroad courses. The author discusses how combining modes of writing provides a venue for negotiating and contextualizing unexpected and uncomfortable encounters in the field and encourages self-reflection for both students and instructors. The author came to several conclusions including the fact that reflexivity must be planned and does not emerge unprompted. This article can be useful for program directors to read when deciding how to incorporate reflexivity into their programs and syllabi.


Our GLObewriters are students who are currently overseas and sharing their experiences through their writing. Check back here for their thoughts, tips and stories throughout their journeys!

Student Videos

Global Learning: Why you should do it

“If you're going into university right now, the number one thing that you should think about is going on exchange.”

Student video playlist

Check out our amazing compilation of student-made videos!

“In the end, it's been the "say yes" attitude that's given me the best experience, as great opportunities arise all the time, every day.”


Our GLObespeakers are currently overseas and on their return will be providing their unique student insight at Global Learning events, presentations and information sessions. Get to know them here, and then come and see them in person next semester!


Did you know we have over 180+ blog posts written by students on the Global Learning Blog? Use the Tags section to find posts related to the specific country or institution you're interested in. Find them all here.

Experiences by exchange partner

If you're looking for student experiences for a specific exchange partner, have a look at the 'Student Experiences' tab on that partner's institution page on our website (you can find them using the country drop-downs on our homepage or on the exchange page). You'll find relevant blogs and videos by our students already filtered for you!

Study tour reflections

If you just want to see posts relating to study tours, you can head straight to the study tour tag.

Ways to connect with other students

Want to start a conversation now with students who have been, or are going, on an overseas study experience? Chatting with others can be a great way of finding out all the things you want to know about what overseas study is really like.

Exchange Student Network

ESN Adelaide is a student-run club dedicated to students who have been, are going on, or are visiting Adelaide on a study abroad or exchange program. ESN offers great social opportunities such as surf trips, wine tours and local events for their members. Get in contact with them on Facebook.

The Global Society

What is The Global Society?

The Global Society is a membership based organisation for globally-minded Australian university students like you. Members are comprised of students who are about to depart on an overseas study experience, students who are currently studying overseas and students and professionals who have returned from overseas study.

The Global Society's Community Forum

One of The Global Society’s resources is their national study abroad and exchange forum. Access is available to all University of Adelaide students with a university email. In the forums, you can ask questions about exchange and overseas study or browse through past discussions. Click here to start using the forums today.

The Global Society Full Membership

Full membership to The Global Society is automatically granted to all University of Adelaide students who have been accepted into a semester or year exchange program. If you have been accepted to study on exchange for a semester or year, simply send an email to to get started, including your name and “UOA”. Your benefits as a Global Society Member includes access to resources on flights, student identity cards, international travel sims and other travel needs, and region-specific Facebook groups. For more information, visit The Global Society's website.

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