Study abroad and cultural immersion: an alumni retrospect

Ann Hubbard, Richard J. Rexeisen

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This paper draws on an analysis of 2600 study abroad alumni responding to a survey that spans more than 25 years. Our inquiry focuses on evaluating how programme length, housing arrangements, number, and type of co-curricular activities impact alumni’s attributions of personal growth and their attitudes towards global engagement and future social relationships. This paper is also informed by a 5-year alumni follow-up study. Our study finds that the type of housing and participation in co-curricular activities have a significant moderating effect on alumni attributions. With rare exception, programme length does not have a significant impact on reported outcome measures. We conclude the paper with a discussion of how these findings can help guide future research and administrative programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-358
Number of pages14
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 3 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • alumni
  • cultural immersion
  • experiential learning
  • housing
  • Study abroad


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