Participate in a new study on expat adjustment!

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While we know that expatriation is an increasingly frequent practice due to globalization and opportunities for international business activity, there is still much to learn about how expatriates adapt to their new environments and the thinking styles that support their adjustment.

This study is intended to help us gain a clearer picture in this area. We anticipate that the findings of this research will be helpful in generating recommendations for improving expatriate preparation and training.

This study is a joint collaboration between, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, USA) and Loyola University Andalusia (Spain).

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your responses will remain confidential and anonymous, and you will not be required to provide your name or any other identifying information if you do not wish to. If you would like, we will be happy to send you a report of the findings free of charge.

Who should participate

Expatriates who are:

  • sent abroad by a company, and
  • in paid fulltime employment abroad, and
  • intending to repatriate or be re-assigned by the company, and
  • living abroad for at least one month, and
  • living abroad for no longer than five years (on the same assignment).

Participate in the study (questionnaire available in English and Spanish)


About Marian van Bakel

I graduated in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After my studies I was a Visiting Study Fellow at University of Oxford where I conducted a research on the adjustment of Dutch diplomats and their partners in London. In February 2012 I successfully defended my PhD thesis ‘In Touch with the Dutch’, in which I put expatriates in touch with a Dutch host to examine the effect of this contact on the success of the international assignment. During my PhD research I also worked as in house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I am currently a postdoc at the Department of Leadership and Corporate Strategy at the University of Southern Denmark ( Since 2004 I have done extensive voluntary work in the intercultural field for the Young Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR). One of my projects was to co-edit and co-author A Suitcase Full of Discoveries (2008), an intercultural storybook for children.
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