Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Katie Gilbertson


Utilizing mixed-method phenomenology and case study, this qualitative research study investigates the links between learning and sensory experience for university students studying in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Three essential themes emerge from the collective data, themes related to learner motivation, cultural awareness, and students’ relationship with nature. The findings of this study suggest particular benefits of reflection on sensory experience abroad for both students and educators. An often overlooked educational tool for higher education, sensory learning carries additional significance in the field of study abroad and might be used by international educators to enhance student development.

Key words: senses, sensory learning, higher education, study abroad, intercultural development, embodied learning, place-based education


Higher Education | International and Comparative Education


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