Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad and Global Citizenship Identification: Insights from a Global Engagement Program


  • Lucy Mule Smith College
  • Kathryn Aloisio Smith College
  • Shannon Audley Smith College



Short-term, Study abroad, Faculty-led, Global citizenship, Global Engagement Program


Short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs are increasingly featured in higher education internationalization efforts. As noted in the literature, such programs can aid in the development of varied student outcomes, including developing global citizenship. This paper presents an examination of the Global Engagement Seminar (GES) program, a short-term, faculty-led program at a private women’s liberal arts college that has expressed a firm commitment to internationalization. A quasi-experimental design was employed to examine whether participation in the GES program influenced participants’ antecedents, identification, and pro-social values of global citizenship (Reysen & Katzarska-Miller 2013a), and how the relationships compare with those of a matched comparison sample. The results of the survey indicated that GES completion moderated some but not all of the paths in the global citizenship model. Completing a GES was associated with non-significant relations among the moderated paths, a finding that emphasizes the need for a nuanced discussion of the complex relationship between short-term study abroad and global citizenship. Implications for faculty-led global engagement programs that aim to promote global citizenship among undergraduates in liberal arts contexts are discussed.


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Author Biographies

Lucy Mule, Smith College

Lucy Mule, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College. Her research interests include comparative and international education, curriculum development, community engagement, and multicultural education.

Kathryn Aloisio , Smith College

Kathryn Aloisio is assistant director of the Office of Institutional Research at Smith College. She holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Her research interests include survey design and analysis as well as the assessment of student learning and outcomes.

Shannon Audley, Smith College

Shannon Audley, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College. Her research interests are in narrative and quantitative methodology and understanding the psychosocial protective and risk factors in youth’s experiences of injustice within schools.


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How to Cite

Mule, L., Aloisio , K., & Audley, S. (2018). Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad and Global Citizenship Identification: Insights from a Global Engagement Program. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 30(3), 20–37.