Student Involvement as Predictive of College Freshmen Plans to Study Abroad


  • Val Rust
  • Cathryn Dhanatya
  • Linda H.L. Furuto
  • Omid Kheiltash



Study abroad, Study abroad programs, student involvement, study abroad interest


This article about study abroad builds on Astin’s and Tinto’s theory about the positive effects on the college experience. The authors suggest that students who are highly involved in their school experience are likely to show more interest in study abroad and will incorporate this experience into their regular programs of study


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Author Biographies

Val Rust

Val Rust is Director of the Education Abroad Program, at the University of California, Los Angeles and professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education. His teaching interests relate cultural and intercultural values to the operation of schools. Research interests involve intercultural educational activities; international educational research concentrating on contemporary European education. Special interests are with the politics of school reform, institutional renewal, and education in rapidly changing environments.

Cathryn Dhanatya

Cathryn Dhanatya is Interim Administrative Director & Research Coordinator at Center for International Development and Education’s Academic Integration and Senegal Health Education Projects, at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Linda H.L. Furuto

Linda H.L. Furuto is Research Coordinator, for the University of California, Los Angeles Center for International Development and Education’s Education Abroad Programs

Omid Kheiltash

Omid Kheiltas is Administrative Director and Research Coordinator, for the University of California, Los Angeles’s Middle East and Teacher Exchange Projects.


See endnotes section in article for references.




How to Cite

Rust, V., Dhanatya, C., Furuto, L. H., & Kheiltash, O. (2007). Student Involvement as Predictive of College Freshmen Plans to Study Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 15(1), 1–16.