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ERIC Number: EJ1056221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Contrasting Student Attitudes toward Study Abroad Programs among College of Business Majors
Kuzma, Ann T.; Kuzma, John R.; Thiewes, Harold F.
American Journal of Business Education, v5 n4 p457-464 2012
The evolution of globalization has increased the demand for skills that can compete in the expanding global markets. In addition to meeting the basic skills required in particular academic disciplines, many educators have advocated that an increased international exposure should be included in students' higher educational experience. Some universities include international study abroad as a component of their degree requirements. Our study surveyed junior and senior level business students at a publicly-funded state university to determine their attitudes toward the study abroad experience. This university does have various study abroad experiences available to students through its International Center and encourages, but does not require, an international experience for graduation. Our study contrasts the perceptions of a study broad experience between the business disciplines. We seek to further clarify this area of research by identifying differences in the majors' perceived value of the study abroad experience relative to their in-class major courses, their financial needs, costs of studying abroad, concerns about safety when studying abroad, and their views of the value of the overall study abroad experience by potential employers.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Study Abroad, Business Administration Education, Majors (Students), College Programs, Educational Experience, International Educational Exchange, Student Surveys, Global Education, Global Approach, Attribution Theory, Costs, Correlation, Preferences, Likert Scales, Student Educational Objectives, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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