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Education Abroad Research & Scholarship

  1. Key research in the field

  2. MSU-based Education Abroad Current Projects

    • Graduate Learning Experiences Outcomes (GLEO): Education Abroad
      The College of Education, Office of Study Abroad, and International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University propose a Title VI International Research and Studies research study focusing on graduate study abroad (GSA) titled the "Graduate Learning Experiences and Outcomes: The Landscape of Graduate Study Abroad" (GLEO). While considerable information is available on undergraduate study abroad programs, very little research has been done on study abroad programs specifically for graduate students. Given the increasing popularity of these programs in universities across the United States and the resources needed to support them, it is important to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of these programs and the extent to which they are contributing to institutional goals of internationalization. This study represents the first systematic study of graduate-level study abroad to our knowledge and addresses a national need.

      Co-Principal Investigators:
      John M. Dirkx, Professor, Department of Educational Administration
      Kristin Janka Millar, Director of International Engagement, Honors College
      Brett Berquist, Executive Director Study Abroad
    • Global Learning Survey
      Michigan State University is part of an on-going national project to better understand the international, global and multicultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students gain through courses and experiences. The study is coordinated nationally by The Forum on Education Abroad, a global membership association for the field of education abroad, and International Studies and Programs at MSU. The purpose of the research study, "Lessons Learned in Assessing Global Learning," is to determine how students gain international, global and multicultural perspectives through a broad range of learning opportunities, and how these experiences impact them. Examples of this learning include:

          Knowledge about your own culture, other cultures, global issues
          Skills such as using a second language or critical thinking
          Attitudes toward cultural differences, art, religions, philosophies

      Principal researcher: Dawn Pysarchik, Associate Dean, International Studies and Programs
    • History of Education Abroad
      This webpage is intended to capture the history of education abroad at Michigan State University from early 1900s to the present, in the context of national trends. Information has been compiled from a variety of resources, including interviews with former Study Abroad directors, MSU-internal historical materials, and national publications. The site features in-depth views on the development of study abroad throughout four phases: 1910 to 1949; 1950s to 1970s; 1980s to mid-1990s; mid-1990s to mid-2000s; and mid-2000s to present. Institutional innovations and strengths are also featured.

      Principal researcher: Pamela Roy, Ph.D. Research & Scholarship Associate, Office of Study Abroad
  3. MSU-based research, white papers, publications and dissertations

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