Victoria Surtees

Peer language socialization in study abroad

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I have always been passionate about language learning and research as well as teaching at a university level. Pursing a doctorate in education gives me the opportunity to work with adult language learners and pre-service and in-service language teachers in meaningful ways.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is a leader in qualitative research in applied linguistics. UBC education researchers continually advocate for highly nuanced understandings of everyday learning processes, which I both find challenging and productive. The faculty here also have a strong focus on social justice and a commitment to working with communities.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I like to go birding on and off campus.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Faculty are a wonderful resource but so are grad students - when in doubt turn to your fellow graduate students for help. There is always someone who has lived through your challenge.


Learn more about Victoria's research

My research investigates how undergraduate exchange students learn additional languages through their interactions with their peers outside the classroom. It explores the contributions that talking with peers of all language backgrounds and levels of international and Canadian experience can contribute to socializing newly arrived students into local language practices.