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ERIC Number: EJ825864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Students' Pre-Departure Expectations and Post-Sojourn Observations in a Short-Term International Program Abroad on the Culture, Music, and Art of Brazil
Dekaney, Elisa Macedo
International Education, v37 n2 p17-29 Spr 2008
Little is known about the benefits of short-term international programs that concentrate specifically on the subject matter found in the fields of art and music. This article investigates a short-term international program that focuses on the culture, music, and art of Brazil. Findings show that students studying abroad enhance their world view and openness to diversity. Participants were able to compare and contrast their social structure at home with Brazilian society, where the difference between the poor and the rich is grossly evident. Students enrolled in this program also showed great interest in learning Portuguese, Brazilian art, history, and architecture. The study also suggests that pre-departure on-campus lectures and meetings in preparation for the short-term program helped participants anticipate and understand certain social, cultural, and artistic characteristics of the host country prior to departure. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil