ERIC Number: ED297589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of the U.S. Student Abroad--1984 and 1985.
A survey of United States students studying and traveling abroad was conducted with a questionnaire distributed in the 1984 and 1985 applications for the International Student Identity Card. In 1984 all applications processed in New York were included in this study; in 1985 one out of every three applications was sampled. The total number of respondents in 1984 was about 3,300; in 1985 the responses of about 1,740 students to a somewhat expanded instrument were included. The study gathered demographic, descriptive, and behavioral information about the intent, content, and (where applicable) the impact of the international experience on the student. The report describes the study's objectives, summarizes the results of the questionnaire, compares profiles of eight types of traveling students, reports the self-assessed impact of students' prior international experience, notes patterns in these results, and in previous traveling student cohorts, and draws conclusions for policy. Based on the survey's results, U.S. institutions should reconsider existing policy on a variety of issues, including allocation of program and financial aid resources for study abroad, orientation and advising services for traveling students, language training, international opportunities for students in the sciences and professions, program length, location of study opportunities, and relative attractiveness of international opportunities to women and men. The complete 1984 and 1985 questionnaires are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Students, Data Collection, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Independent Study, International Educational Exchange, Questionnaires, Recreational Activities, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Exchange Programs, Student Motivation, Study Abroad, Travel, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on International Educational Exchange, New York, NY.
Note: Appended questionnaires contain small print.