Investing in Study Abroad and Cultural Engagement: A Win-Win for Career Development

  • Ann Hubbard Consultant, Study Abroad
  • Richard J. Rexeisen University of St. Thomas
Keywords: study abroad, career, cultural engagement, mobility


This study both supports and expands the growing body of evidence that there are positive career outcomes associated study abroad and cultural engagement.  Consistent with previous studies, study abroad alumni report that their interest in study abroad influenced their choice of college. This intention to study abroad before starting at university is positively related to the career benefit that alumni report deriving from their time abroad.  Dependent measures include work ethic, skills development, and career choices.  The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of our findings for both program development and student engagement in and preparation for study abroad. 

Abstract in French

Cette étude soutient et élargit le corpus croissant de preuves selon lesquelles des résultats de carrière positifs sont associés aux études à l'étranger et à l'engagement culturel. Conformément aux études précédentes, les anciens étudiants qui étudient à l'étranger indiquent que leur intérêt pour les études à l'étranger a influencé leur choix d'université. Cette intention d'étudier à l'étranger avant de commencer à l'université est positivement liée aux avantages de carrière que les diplômés déclarent tirer de leur séjour à l'étranger. Les variables dépendantes comprennent l'éthique de travail, le développement des compétences et les choix de carrière. Le document se termine par une discussion des implications de nos résultats pour le développement de programmes, l'engagement des étudiants et la préparation aux études à l'étranger.  


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Author Biographies

Ann Hubbard, Consultant, Study Abroad

Ann Hubbard is a consultant in the area of study abroad programming & training.  She has worked in different sectors of international education throughout her career including high school exchange, university study abroad and an international education program. Ann earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Internationalization at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy where her research was in the area of study abroad and employability.

Richard J. Rexeisen, University of St. Thomas

Rich Rexeisen is a Professor in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. His current research interests focus on assurance of learning and the development of scalable strategies for improving critical thinking, cross-cultural competency, attitudes towards environmental sustainability as well as moral & ethical reasoning. He has travelled extensively and has directed and taught in nine semester long study abroad programmes.


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How to Cite
Hubbard, A., & Rexeisen, R. J. (2020). Investing in Study Abroad and Cultural Engagement: A Win-Win for Career Development. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 32(3), 3-21.
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