Academic exchange programmes to enhance foreign language skills and academic excellence

Marina Kuimova, Douglas Burleigh, Xavier Maldague, Daria Startseva

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Universities attempt to tailor their educational processes to the labour market, by working to improvegraduates' innovation and practical skills. One method to accomplish this is the use of academic foreign exchangeprogrammes. When studying abroad, students experience different styles of education, gain valuable knowledge in theirmajor and develop communication skills. In addition, they have the opportunity to live independently in another culturefor an extended period of time, develop confidence and self-understanding, learn another language, gain a uniquecultural experience and make new lifelong friends. All these experiences make graduates more employable and maylead to rapid promotions. This article considers the benefits of participation in academic exchange programmes andpresents the results of a survey taken by graduate students at National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University whoparticipated in a range of academic exchange programmes. The survey showed their expectations and attitudes towardsthese programmes, as well as the results of their participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-188
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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