Korean Youths' Perceptions on International Internships
International Education has taken on a variety of forms of growth over the years in many countries. This research examines a group of Korean youths’ responses with regards to the demand for International Internships to Western countries such as Canada, America, New Zealand and Australia as compared to those of other Asian or African countries. International Internships is still an area of unexplored growth in Korea . The youths’ perceived gains from participating in such International Internships are studied and what their results mean in terms of learning diversity and Cultural Adjustment Theory are explored. The results are discussed under three broad categories of perceived social, economic and language gains. These three categories are then compared and contrasted in terms of the students’ perceptions of International Internships in “developed” and “undeveloped” countries. Results from this research may be used to aid the development of International Internships within Korea and other Asian countries for their civic society development. The perceptions of these youth will also be of interest to developed countries wanting to engage Asian students in such a scheme.
Keywords: International Education, International Internships, Perceptions, Korean Youth, Cultural Adjustment Theory
Dr. Nicole Shipton
Visiting Professor, English Department, Induk Institute of Technology