A Short-term Study Abroad Program and Its Longterm Impact on Participants: A Perspective on Global Citizenship

This paper explores the long-term impact of a short-term study abroad program on alumni of the program years after having taken the course. Through using a mixed measure survey, the data reveals that short-term study abroad programs can have a significant and direct impact on the lives of alumni. The specific program considered has impacted alumni choices of international tourist destinations, activities alumni participate in while traveling abroad, as well as the choices alumni make concerning lodging while traveling abroad. In short, after participating in a short-term study abroad program, alumni have developed a global citizenship identity.

Author(s) Details

Dr. Todd M. Vanden Berg
Department of Sociology and Social Work, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Dr. Lissa Schwander
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA.

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