ERIC Number: EJ888087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Creating the Cosmopolitan US Undergraduate: Study Abroad and an Emergent Global Student Profile
Mazon, Brad K.
Research in Comparative and International Education, v4 n2 p141-150 2009
Undergraduates in the USA bring to college a wide array of backgrounds, resources, and supports that make it more or less likely that they will participate in study abroad during their undergraduate career. This study investigates the experiences of undergraduates who have studied abroad, as well as the elements that facilitate the study abroad experience. The data suggests that students must overcome a number of constraints in order to study abroad. While the paths to study abroad are divergent, a number of common individual and institutional factors affect students' likelihood for successful participation in a study abroad experience while at college. The data indicate that students must have at their disposal the necessary tools to overcome significant hurdles to study abroad. Institutions of higher education play a crucial role in facilitating not only the study abroad process itself, but also the pre-existing mindset, goals, and sense of agency that students possess in order to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Students, Individual Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics, Student Participation, College Role, Educational Opportunities, Cultural Awareness, Fear, Mentors, Socioeconomic Status, Educational Finance
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