Differences in Global-Mindedness between Short-Term and Semester-Long Study Abroad Participants

  • Kevin Kehl
  • Jason Morris
Keywords: Study abroad, global-mindedness, Education abroad, short-term programs, semester-long programs, Island program


This article presents a study to help bolster existing study abroad research by comparing the global-mindedness of student participants at three private universities’ study abroad programs. It seeks to examine the differences between students who have participated in a short-term program, consisting of eight weeks or less and students who have participated in a semester-long program in one particular study abroad model known as an “island program.” The study also establishes the baseline levels of global- mindedness of students who have applied and been accepted into a future study abroad program, but as yet have no study abroad experience.


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Author Biographies

Kevin Kehl

Kevin Kehl is the director of the Center for International and Intercultural Education at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Kehl graduated from Baylor University in December 2005 with an Ed. D. in higher education administration. Dr. Kehl has traveled extensively overseas and lived in Kenya, East Africa from 1987–1995.

Jason Morris

Jason Morris is an Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Masters Program of Higher Education at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Morris received his Ed. D. in higher education administration from Texas Tech University in 2002. In August of 2003, Dr. Morris received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach, research, and advise students in Budapest, Hungary.


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How to Cite
Kehl, K., & Morris, J. (2007). Differences in Global-Mindedness between Short-Term and Semester-Long Study Abroad Participants. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 15(1), 67-80. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v15i1.217