The High Impact of Education Abroad: College Students’ Engagement in International Experiences and the Development of Intercultural Competencies

  • Michael J. Stebleton
  • Krista M. Soria
  • Blythe T. Cherney
Keywords: Study abroad, Study abroad activities, Student outcomes, Education abroad, Cross-cultural experience

Abstract

This study attempts to discover whether the different study abroad activities in which students participate yield different outcomes for the development of students’ global and intercultural competencies. The five travel and study abroad measures analyzed include experiences 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.  This study explores the research question at a single institution so as to isolate students’ experiences as they may occur within a single institutional context.

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Author Biographies

Michael J. Stebleton

Michael Stebleton, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His research and teaching interests focus on student engagement and college student development issues. He is currently exploring the lived experiences of immigrant college students who attend large, research institutions. Additionally, Stebleton is interested in exploring the career development needs and issues of historically underserved student groups.

Krista M. Soria

Krista Soria is an analyst with the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is also a doctorate student in higher education and her research interests include social class in higher education, the experiences of first-generation and working-class students, and the effects of high impact practices on undergraduates’ success in college.

Blythe T. Cherney

Blythe Cherney is an education abroad advisor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research interests include the predeparture stages of study abroad, including student intent, decision-making processes, and advising practices.

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Published
2013-01-15
How to Cite
Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K. M., & Cherney, B. T. (2013). The High Impact of Education Abroad: College Students’ Engagement in International Experiences and the Development of Intercultural Competencies. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 22(1), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v22i1.316