Information about the ILA project

The Impact of Living Abroad (ILA) project is a multinational, longitudinal research study. The project explored acculturation, cultural learning, intergroup processes and cultural distance in relation to a temporary relocation abroad, namely a cultural exchange.

More than 3000 teenagers from nearly 50 different countries took part in this project. During the project, 2,500 of these students spent a year abroad. The rest of the participants remained in their home country during the project. All research participants completed up to 9 surveys over an 18 month period; for exchange students, these surveys were distributed across three distinct periods of time, before during and after the year abroad.

Explore this website to find out more about the particular research aims or strands of this project, its participants, method, collaborators, and publications.



An overview of the project method in a word cloud