ERIC Number: EJ1019804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
U.S. Students Study Abroad in the Middle East/North Africa: Factors Influencing Growing Numbers
Lane-Toomey, Cara K.; Lane, Shannon R.
Journal of Studies in International Education, v17 n4 p308-331 Sep 2013
The political events of the last decade and the Arab Spring have made it more important than ever for Americans to understand the language, culture, and history of the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Study abroad is one important method that can significantly increase American students' understanding of the Arabic language and the culture of MENA. During the past decade, the number of U.S. undergraduate students in the MENA region has increased dramatically, but there is still a great need for growth and understanding in this area. This research analyzes data from a cross-sectional survey and focus groups of U.S. undergraduate study abroad students to investigate the motivations, attitudes, and aspects of human capital that influence study abroad destination choice. These findings provide insight for policy makers, faculty, and international educators who want to expand students' options for study abroad and for students who are considering whether this avenue is right for them.
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Educational Objectives, Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Student Surveys, Motivation, Student Attitudes, Human Capital, Enrollment Trends, Educational History, Interviews, College Choice, Prior Learning, Social Capital, Cultural Capital, Scholarships, Cultural Enrichment, Language Acquisition, Foreign Culture, Foreign Countries, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Africa