Unique Opportunities: Influence of study abroad on Black students


  • Jasmine A. Lee Michigan State University
  • Qiana Green Michigan State University




Study abroad, Black college students, South Africa


Higher education scholars argue studying abroad results in multiple positive outcomes for undergraduate students; however, Black students continue to be underrepresented as study abroad participants. Utilizing analytic Afrocentricity as the theoretical framework, case study methodology, and semi-structured interviews, this paper furthers higher education research by exploring the influences of study abroad experiences in South Africa on Black undergraduate students. Findings indicate not only positive outcomes on racial identity development, but also academic and career aspirations, and conducting undergraduate research.


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Author Biographies

Jasmine A. Lee, Michigan State University

Jasmine A. Lee, PhD currently serves as the Director of the River Trail Neighborhood at Michigan State University. Her research centers Black college student experiences broadly. Other interests include first-year experience, academic resilience, social justice, and practice-to-theory methods for higher education professionals. Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Phone: (517) 775-2629.

Qiana Green , Michigan State University

Qiana Green is a doctoral candidate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University. Her research focuses broadly on equity, inclusion, and social justice; methodological considerations in qualitative research; and teaching and learning in higher education. Her dissertation research is exploring the experiences of African American graduate women’s study abroad experiences. Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.


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How to Cite

Lee, J. A., & Green , Q. (2016). Unique Opportunities: Influence of study abroad on Black students. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 28(1), 61–77. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v28i1.380