Date Approved

9-24-2018

Embargo Period

9-25-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

Foreign study; Rowan University--Students

Disciplines

Higher Education | International and Comparative Education

Abstract

The goal of this study was to explore the effects of study abroad on students' cultural awareness and transformative learning. This study was conducted at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. The students in this study have participated in semester long study abroad during fall 2016, spring 2017, or fall 2017 semesters. For some this was their first time travelling abroad. The literature strongly suggests that there are many benefits for students that participate in study abroad. The data analysis suggests that respondents increased their cultural awareness and have more appreciation for those that are different than them. In addition, that this was also a transformative learning experience for them as they had adopted new ideas, beliefs, and values by participating in this study tour. Overall, the data suggests that subjects benefited from their study abroad experience.

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