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ERIC Number: ED420288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 74
Abstractor: N/A
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The "Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals": What Are the Effects on U.S. Students? An Executive Summary.
Thot, Iris Dolores
This study examined the effects of study abroad on college students participating in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, sponsored 60 percent by the German government and 40 percent by the U.S. government. The study's main context focused on the problem that American-sponsored programs (in which over 80 percent of study- abroad students participate) often have less exacting language requirements and fail to immerse students in the foreign culture. A 41-item survey was completed by 166 former participants in the Congress-Bundestag work-study program. Survey questions were organized into the following topics: program of participation, choosing a program, educational components, extracurricular and cocurricular experiences, financing, outcomes, demographics, and summation questions. Respondents were very positive about the generous funding provided, immersion in the German language and culture, travel opportunities, increased job skills, and meetings with dignitaries and host country residents. Respondents were least satisfied with program administration as reflected in undesirable placements, insufficient screening of prospective applicants, and not enough predeparture information. Results suggest that American programs should integrate students better with host country nationals, provide better funding for students, and provide work-study career development opportunities. The survey questionnaire and cover letter are appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany