Rethinking the Focus of Study Abroad Programs in the Global Era: Moving from Sheer Luxury to Necessity

By Abalo Adewui.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Since 9/11, trends in American universities and colleges are the increasing push for study abroad experience. As benefits from study abroad experiences become increasingly evident and tangible in opportunities for scholarship, for research and job prospects, as universities are challenged to prepare and equip students with knowledge, skills and dispositions that should serve them in the era of an increasing global interdependent economy, it is high time to rethink the focus of study abroad programs, whereby existing and newly initiated study abroad programs move from sheer luxury to necessity as they shift their focus from traditional expectations to more assessable and tangible learning outcomes abroad and back home. The paper provides ideas and insights on how U.S. higher institutions can effectively handle the challenges to meet learning expectations in the global era.

Keywords: Global Citizenry, Study Abroad, Learning Outcomes, Global Era, Global Interdependence

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 238.130KB).

Prof. Abalo Adewui

Professor of Social Studies Methods and Curriculum Instruction and Supervision, College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Central Michigan University, Midland, USA

Abalo F. Adewui (PhD) is a professor of social studies methods and curriculum instruction and supervision in the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. He is a strong advocate for study abroad experiences in nontraditional settings, which help dispel biases and stereotypes towards underrepresented cultures. He has established study abroad programs including a student teaching program in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he led groups of pre-service teachers, and an interdisciplinary study abroad program focused on global connections and interdependence studies for general education students at Central Michigan University.

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