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ERIC Number: EJ780786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Stepping Up to Study Abroad
Stuart, Reginald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n19 p16-19 Nov 2007
This article describes how universities are challenged to beef up study abroad programs in response to the growing need for professionals with a global perspective. Once considered a luxury for affluent White college students, study abroad has been recast in recent years by business, academia and policymakers. Today, they consider it essential to the ability of the United States and its public and private enterprises to function effectively in an increasingly global society. Study abroad is distinctly an advantage for a student. The global perspective is important. It shows the student has an appreciation for different cultures and can build good, strong relationships with other people in other parts of the world. Slowly, more schools are taking bold steps to make study abroad a reality and requirement for graduation. The most notable move in this direction was taken by Goucher College, a small liberal arts college in Baltimore, when it made a study abroad "international experience" a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2006. Despite speculation the move would dampen college applications, it did just the opposite. To help students meet the requirement, Goucher is awarding each student a $1,200 voucher to help pay study abroad expenses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland