ERIC Number: ED229320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
American Fulbright Grantees' Experience in Germany: A Comparative Study.
Burn, Barbara B.
The effect of Fulbright grantees' experience in West Germany is analyzed in terms of subsequent careers, involvement with international education activities, personal values and life styles, and German language proficiency. Some comparisons are made between Fulbright scholars to Germany and those to other Western European countries. Data were obtained from a comprehensive 1979 study of Fulbright students, teachers, researchers, and travel-only grantees. Of 5,000 grantees who were sent a questionnaire, 3,116 responded, representing 5 to 6 percent of all Fulbright scholars. Germany Fulbright respondents overwhelmingly perceived their Fulbright experience as providing intangible benefits and enhancing their job status. Since their tours, the great majority of these grantees have been involved in crosscultural research and in contact with professional colleagues abroad. Three-fourths of the respondents assessed their reading proficiency as very good or good at the conclusion of their Fulbright to Germany. More scholars to Germany were in humanities and fewer in social sciences than those to Western Europe, more had their Fulbright awards in the 1970s than in the earlier decades, and more had travel-only awards. Personal changes for all Fulbright respondents include traveling abroad, visiting friends abroad, and forming permanent relationships in the Fulbright country. Former Fulbrighters are internationally mobile and socially international. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Europe (West); Fulbright Exchange Program; West Germany