Advancing Study Abroad: Beyond Our Student's Means?


  • Peggy Dotson University of Missouri- St. Louis


Universities, Study Abroad


Opportunities for studying outside ones home country are often viewed with skepticism by students, parents. or advisors who see them as the domain of a privileged or eccentric few. Yet these experiences are increasingly valuable in a world in need of individuals with advancedforeignlanguage skills and a grounding in multicultural understanding. Universities are experimenting with new ways to encourage students to participate in study abroad, even if the initial experience is something less than high immersion. This article describes the benefits of study abroad, special challenges to metropolitan universities. and ways to increase participation by more diverse groups of college students.