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The high impact of education abroad: College students' engagement in international experiences and the development of intercultural competencies
Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad (2013)
  • Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Krista M. Soria
  • Blythe Cherney
Abstract

This multi-institutional study attempts to discover whether different international activities in which students participate yield different outcomes for the development of students’ global and intercultural competencies. The five international travel and study abroad measures analyzed include students’ participation in a university study abroad program; study abroad program affiliated with another college or university; travel abroad for cross-cultural experiences or informal education; travel abroad for a service learning, volunteer, or work experience; and travel abroad for recreation. The research question that guides this inquiry is as follows: controlling for other factors, is participation in these five types of international travel activities associated with different outcomes in students’ development of global and intercultural competencies?

Keywords
  • student engagement,
  • study abroad,
  • intercultural competencies,
  • experiential education,
  • student affairs
Publication Date
2013
Publisher Statement
Published by Frontiers
Citation Information
Michael J. Stebleton, Krista M. Soria and Blythe Cherney. "The high impact of education abroad: College students' engagement in international experiences and the development of intercultural competencies" Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad Vol. 22 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_stebleton/22/