Chapter 3. The ‘ins and outs’ of a study abroad programme
This chapter looks in detail at all the stages involved in setting up and managing the exchange experience of several cohorts of students from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at a Catalan university in Barcelona, Spain. The history of the exchange is briefly presented, followed by the articulation of all the stages of the exchange; prior to departure, monitoring the students during the actual period of Stay Abroad and, finally, follow-up activities. The complex interplay of factors involved in mobilising and monitoring large numbers of exchange students is presented and reference is also made to the degree to which it is possible to undertake successful Stay Abroad initiatives from the planning stage right through to their completion.