ERIC Number: ED342324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-14
International Travel and Study Programs: A Preliminary Exploration from a Traditional and Non-Traditional, Credit and Non-Credit Perspective.
Reghenzani, Denise M.
This paper explores many aspects of international travel and study programs, focusing on the part played by such travel programs in the development of higher and adult education. The paper notes the roots of travel/study combinations in the Chautauqua model and the expansion of choices and formats for study abroad in recent times. The increasing numbers of non-credit, post-compulsory programs are described, as is the continuing development of college and university for-credit programs. The concepts behind the growth in credit and non-credit programs are outlined; these include the value of cross-cultural experience, environmental concerns, the global economy/society, and international understanding. A table is presented that compares the merits, value, and importance of a study abroad experience with such programs' challenges, problems, and actions. Also described are such lifelong values and opportunities gained from international experiences as cultural sensitivity, social and professional polish, wider personal horizons, and improved career opportunities. Finally, the implications of the study abroad movement are discussed: the continued expansion projected for the future, and benefits for development of a "world class" work force. Suggestions for obtaining information on all the possible activities are emphasized. (39 references) (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Credits, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Programs, Foreign Culture, Foreign Students, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Communication, International Cooperation, International Education, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, International Relations, Lifelong Learning, Student Exchange Programs, Study Abroad, Travel, World Problems
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).