Alternatives to Study Abroad

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Alternatives to Study Abroad

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2012-11-16

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This presentation was delivered at the annual Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. Colleges and universities are increasingly internationalizing their curricular and co-curricular efforts on campuses; subsequently, it is important to compare whether participation in study abroad or on-campus global/international activities may be associated with students’ self-reported development of global, international, and intercultural (GII) competencies. This study examined undergraduate students’ participation in study abroad and on-campus global/international activities within nine large, public research universities in the United States (n = 15,807). Framed within contact theory and person-environment-interaction theory, the results of this study suggested that students’ participation in activities related to internationalization at home—participation in on-campus global/international activities such as enrollment in global/international coursework, interactions with international students, and participation in global/international co-curricular activities—may yield greater benefits than study abroad for students’ development of GII competencies.

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Presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 16, 2012.

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Soria, Krista M.; Troisi, Jordan. (2012). Alternatives to Study Abroad. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/157250.

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