ERIC Number: ED368283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Minorities and Overseas Studies Programs: Correlates of Differential Participation. Occasional Papers on International Educational Exchange: Research Series 30.
Hembroff, Larry A.; Rusz, Debra L.
This study identified factors leading to lower participation in study abroad experiences on the part of minority students at Michigan State University (MSU). A survey of MSU undergraduates (n=1,139) is analyzed in terms of percentage traveling abroad, world regions visited, attitudes related to travel experiences, travel experience by race/ethnicity, reasons given for decisions regarding study abroad opportunities, and participation in activities involving international issues. Enrollment data regarding attrition rates across racial/ethnic groups were also analyzed, along with a comparison of majors. Results indicated that there are differential rates of attrition among the racial/ethnic groups, partially accounting for the lower participation rate in study abroad, as students are more likely to travel abroad at the end of the sophomore and during the junior years. African Americans were also less represented among Arts and Letters majors, which yield a disproportionately large number of study abroad students. Some differences in the participation rates between minority and white students concern economic issues, fear of travel to unknown areas, fear of discrimination, and anxieties about language difficulties. Areas of further research are specified, and steps to increase minority participation in study abroad programs are suggested. Appendices present 14 tables and 2 figures displaying data from the study and a copy of the survey form. (JDD)
Descriptors: Black Students, Ethnic Groups, Higher Education, Incidence, Influences, Majors (Students), Minority Groups, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Experience, Student Participation, Study Abroad, Travel, Undergraduate Students
Council on International Educational Exchange, 205 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on International Educational Exchange, New York, NY.
Identifiers: African Americans; Michigan State University