(Re-)Conceptualising and Teaching ‘Culture’ in a Short-Term Stay Abroad Programme in China: Students from a Danish University Abroad

  • Niels Erik LyngdorfEmail author
  • Xiangyun Du
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


This chapter explores learning designs and processes in a series of short-term studies abroad. Specifically, the conceptualisation of ‘culture’ in relation to the general development of intercultural competence is of interest. We limit the study to include only planned activities in the programme in question and exclude activities in the students’ free time. We explore the perspectives of students from a Danish university in China. Our main findings show that the learning outcome is highly student dependent and related to students’ pre-existing conceptualisation of culture. The examined short-term studies abroad did not help students in reconceptualising their understanding of culture, but rather fed and enforced their pre-existing conceptions. This is problematised and discussed in relation to developing intercultural competence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Confucius InstituteAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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