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ERIC Number: ED264733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 14
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The Impact of Study Abroad on Academic Performance: German Language Registrations.
Baker, Joseph O.
Brigham Young University has implemented a policy of allowing non-language majors, often with limited second-language proficiency, to study abroad. A study examined the effect of a six-month study program in Vienna (Austria) on the academic achievement and post-reentry language registrations of 224 students. Study-abroad students were matched with a control group of non-study-abroad students by age, sex, grade point average (GPA), major, and total credit hours earned. Comparison across the groups focused on changes in GPA, shifts in major, and post-reentry language registrations. No appreciable variation in GPA and no obvious trends in change of major were found. However, substantial differences between groups were found in language enrollments during the period after the study abroad session. Analysis of the data suggests that students who include study abroad in their language plans have a three to one chance of completing their third year and becoming reasonably fluent, over students who begin study on campus and do not study abroad, regardless of language training begun before the year of study abroad. It is suggested that language programs reexamine what they can offer nonmajors, even in study abroad, to arouse more interest in language study. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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