Center for Research on Abroad and International Student Engagement


To understand and enhance the experiences, engagement, and development of abroad and international students

Driving Questions

  • How can students maximize growth and engagement through the abroad experience?
  • How can universities support international students’ engagement and development?
  • How can global competency increase engagement across cultures and backgrounds?

Active Projects

Recent Awards

Nelson Brunsting (PI), Qiaona Yu (co-PI), and Jon Smart (co-PI) were awarded an International English Language Testing Service Joint-Funded Research Grant for their project, Investigating Linkages between International Students’ English Language Proficiency, Social-Contextual Outcomes, and Well-Being in U.S. Universities. The AU$70,000 award supports the longitudinal project January, 2021 through June, 2022.

Nelson Brunsting (PI) was awarded a TowerBridge International Research Grant for the project titled, Developing Global Competency to develop and test the efficacy of an extracurricular global competency program to enhance high school students’ global awareness and skills. The US$62,618 award supported the project May 2019 through November, 2020.

Recent Publications

Kiang, L., Brunsting, N. C., Zachry, C., He, Y., Takeuchi, R., & Tevis, T. (in press). Identity fusion of international students with different social groups and well-being outcomes: A longitudinal study. Journal of Studies in International Education. doi: 10.1177/1028315320932320

Brunsting, N. C., Zachry, C. E., Liu, J., Bryant, R., Fang, X., Wu, S., & Luo, X., (2021). Sources of perceived social support, social-emotional experiences, and psychological well-being of international students. Journal of Experimental Education, 89 95-111. doi: 10.1080/00220973.2019.1639598

Luo, Z., Wu, S., Fang, X., & Brunsting, N. C. (2019). International students’ perceived language competence, domestic student support, and well-being at a U.S. university. Journal of International Students, 19, 954-971. doi: 10.32674/jis.v0i0.605