Discussions on foreign language training and ACTFL standards begin in the 1980s. The rhetoric in study abroad discusses the changing global economy and the need for more business and economics students to have a greater understanding of the world (Woodruff, 2009).
Research on attitude and behavior in study abroad begins during this time.
The U.S. invests efforts in understanding other nationals and the world systems better in order to respond intelligently and in a timely manner to changes in the world order (Wiley, 1982).
Institutional linkages became the "buzz word" in the industry - U.S universities define 'institutional linkages' as various ways which open up opportunities for faculty and student exchange and enhanced research programs (Higbee, 1982).
In 1989, the Berlin Wall collapses, opening a whole new era of program opportunities in study abroad.
MSU continues to open various Regional and Thematic Centers:
In 1980 and 1988, the Sommers and CRUE reports are pivotal in setting the stage and recommendations for moving the international agenda forward.
MSU dedicates $61 million of its instructional budget to international programming.
The Overseas Study Scholarship Fund and the Career Development Model Grant increases access for more students to study abroad (Gliozzo, 2012).
There is a continued program expansion (diversity of programs). Approximately 1000 students are studying abroad during this phase. MSU is similar to other universities in total numbers but already leads in enrollment in faculty-led programs.
Peer-to-peer advising in study abroad begins.
The Directory of International Internships launches (Gliozzo, 2012).
MSU begins student exchanges and overseas institutional linkages (Smuckler, 2003).
Faculty orientation programs begin.
A diversified curriculum in study abroad programs expands.