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Technology has transformed the very nature of study abroad. While abroad, students now stay closely connected to their friends and parents at home. This session will explore how digital technology and students' connectedness with family and friends at home are affecting study abroad experiences and whether digital technology is always an impediment to personal and intercultural growth abroad or could actually help enhance student development. We'll present findings from our research, which explores the connection between students' technological contacts with family and friends and variables such as autonomy, self-regulation, and cultural learning. We'll then discuss how digital technology might be harnessed to help students engage more deeply in their study abroad experiences.