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ERIC Number: EJ954418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
The Magellan Project: Developing Global Citizens through Independent Study Abroad
Haring-Smith, Tori
About Campus, v16 n5 p9-12 Nov-Dec 2011
In January 2005, when this author became president of Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), one of her first initiatives was to expand the international program. A private, residential liberal arts college about 25 miles outside of Pittsburgh, W&J had undergone a period of significant growth, with enrollment increasing from 1,000 to 1,500 undergraduates over the previous six years. The historical campus had 15 new buildings, and several new curricular initiatives, including programs in entrepreneurial studies and information technology leadership, were thriving. But the campus lacked strong programs in study abroad. And so the Magellan Program was born. The goal of the Magellan Project is for students to explore the world on their own, driven by their own love of learning, their curiosity, and their sense of adventure. They learn global awareness as they encounter "the foreign" again and again and it becomes familiar again and again. They learn self-agency as they determine on a day-by-day basis what they will do, where they will go, and how they will survive. And they learn cultural fluency as they find ways to adapt to changing cultures. They learn through direct experience how different cultures define ethics, customs, and even personal space. They become fluent in a new culture because they are living in the culture, not just traveling through it with a group of friends. They are not just global travelers but global residents. In this article, the author describes the Magellan Project and explains why it offers so much more than a traditional study abroad experience. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania