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ERIC Number: EJ1061981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
The Long-Term Personal and Professional Impacts of Participating in a Study Abroad Program
DeGraaf, Don; Slagter, Cynthia; Larsen, Kelly; Ditta, Elisa
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v23 p42-59 Fall 2013
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look beyond the ranges--something lost… and waiting for you." Rudyard Kipling's words portray perfectly the wonder of studying abroad for many college students. The excitement that leads up to a new adventure in an unknown place invites students into exploration and new experiences. But Kipling's quote also leads one to wonder what is waiting for students "after" a study abroad experience. What are the short-term and long-term impacts of studying abroad? The last two decades have witnessed an explosion of semester abroad programs sponsored by colleges and universities in the United States. Promotion of these programs usually includes the touting of a students' time abroad as a life-changing experience, one that will impact them forever. Yet despite these many claims, few empirical studies have moved beyond examining the immediate impacts of studying abroad to examine the long-term impact of the experience on students through a variety of lenses (Dwyer, 2004). Thus, the purpose of this study is twofold. First, the study will compare various measures of civic engagement between students who have and have not completed a semester abroad. Second, the study will examine the long-term personal impacts of studying abroad on students after spending at least one semester off-campus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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