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Abstract

This study examines students’ learning experience in a semester-long email exchange project as a normal class activity between U.S. and Korean social work undergraduate students in fall 2008 and fall 2009. We used a content analysis to analyze the qualitative data of the email content and of the end-of-semester surveys. The study found this email exchange helped students develop cross-cultural understanding; enhance their knowledge of social or social justice issues in both countries; learn the social work profession and its commonalities and differences in both countries; and expand their interest in other countries. This study also suggests ways to modify the project for a better learning experience in the future, based on students’ end-of-semester surveys and instructors’ reflections on the activities.

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