Education Abroad Research & Scholarship
- Key research in the field
- CIC International Learning Mobility Benchmark (2013). Final public report developed by Studymove Consultants. (PDF)*
- Dwyer, M. (2004). More is better: The impact of study abroad program duration (PDF)*. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 10: 151-162
- Engle, L. & Engle, J. (2003). Study abroad levels: Towards a classification of program types. (PDF)* Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 9: 1-20.
- Hoffa, W.H. (2007). A history of US study abroad: Beginnings to 1965. Forum on Education Abroad.
- Hoffa, W. H. & DePaul, S.D. (2010). A history of U.S. study abroad: 1965 to present. Forum on Education Abroad
- Opper, S., Teichler, U., & Carlson, J. (1990). Impacts of study abroad programs on students and graduates. J. Kingsley Publishers.
- SAGE (PDF)* - Ongoing research project. Final report not yet published.
- Salisbury, M. H., Umbach, P.D., Paulsen, M.B.,& Pascarella, E.T. (2009). Understanding the choice process of the intent to study abroad (PDF)*. Research in Higher Education, 50(2): 119-143
- Sutton, R. & Rubin, D. (2004). The GLOSSARI Project: Initial Findings from a System-Wide Research Initiative on Study Abroad Learning Outcomes (PDF)*. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 10: 65-82
- Twombly, S.B., Salisbury, M.H., Tumanut, S.D., & Klute, P. (2012). Study Abroad in a New Global Century: Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose. ASHE Higher Education Report, Vol. 38, No.4
- Vande Berg, M. Connor-Linton, J. & Paige, M. (2009). The Georgetown Consortium Project: Interventions for Student Learning Abroad (PDF)*. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 18: 1-76
- No Author (2009). Overseas Study at Indiana University Bloomington Plans, Participation, and Outcomes (PDF)*. Bloomington, IN: University Planning, Institutional Research, and Accountability.
- 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.
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
- MSU-based research, white papers, publications and dissertations
- White papers and publications
- Chalou, C., & Gliozzo, C. (2011). Why international internships are key to university global engagement. The Chronicle of Higher Education Opinions and Ideas Commentary.
- Currier, C., Omar, M., Talarczyk, G., and Guerrero, R.D. (2000). Development and implementation of a semester program in Mexico for senior nursing students (PDF)*; Journal of Professional Nursing :16(5), 293-299.
- Dirkx, J.M., Jessup Anger, J.E., Brender, J.R., Gwekwerere, B., & Smith, R.O. (2006). Beyond Culture Shock: The Meaning of Affect and Emotions in International Educational Experience (PDF)*. Paper presented at the Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education, University of Missouri-St.Louis, St. Louis, MO.
- Dirkx, J.M., Spoht, R., Tepper, L., & Tons, S. (2009). Promise and Problems of Fostering Transformative Learning for Adults in Short-term Study Abroad Programs (PDF)*. Paper presented at the Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community and Extension Education, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.
- Dirkx, J.M., Janka Millar, K., Berquist, B. & Vizvary, G. (2014). Graduate Student Learning Abroad: Emerging Trend?. International Higher Education; Number 77: Fall 2014.
- Doberneck, D. (2009). Community Engagement in Rural Ireland: A Lecturer's Perspective (PDF)*; A Partnership Between The Tochar Valley Rural Community Network (Mayo) And Michigan State University: A Community Perspective (PDF)*; All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) and Campus Engage.
- Esquith, Stephen; Worland, Chris; and Guindo, Yobi (2010). Ethics and Development in Mali: Civic Engagement in Art, Culture, and Education. Diversity & Democracy 14 (1) 1-24.
- Freedman, E. (2010). Media, Tourism, Environment, and Cultural Issues in Australia: A Case Study of a Study Abroad Program (PDF)*; Applied Environmental Education & Communication 9 (2), 87- 95.
- Gardner, P., Gross, L., & Steglitz, I. (2008). Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience: Critical Reflection for Workplace Competencies (PDF)*; Collegiate Employment Research Institute Research Brief.
- Ingraham, E.C., & Peterson, D.L. (2005). Assessing the impact of study abroad on student learning at Michigan State University (PDF)*. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 10(1), 83-100.
- Jessup Anger, J.E. (2008). Gender Observations and Study Abroad: How Students Reconcile Cross-Cultural Differences Related to Gender (PDF)*. Journal of College Student Development 49 (4), 360-373.
- Johnson, M. & Berquist, B. (2014). Counting what matters: Collective benchmarking on learning mobility, NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
- Kortemeyer, G. & Westfall, C. (2009). History of physics: Outing the hidden curriculum? (PDF)* American Journal of Physics 77 (10), 875-881.
- Kortemeyer, G. & Westfall, C. (2010). The Physical Tourist: A European Study Course (PDF)*; Physics in Perspective 12 (1), 89-99.
- Steglitz, I. (2010). Education Abroad for Freshman (PDF)*. International Educator 19 (6), 50-53.
- Suvedi, M., & Farrell, P. (2003). Studying Abroad in Nepal: Assessing Impact (PDF)*; Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. 175-188.
- Berquist, B. & Potts, D., C. (2014). Researching Outcomes of International Learning Mobility: Taking the Next Steps.; International Education Association of Australia, Research Digest 1.
- Wandschneider, E., Pysarchik, D. T, Sternberger, L.G., Ma, W., Acheson-Clair, K., Baltensperberger, B., Good, R.T., Brubaker, B. Baldwin, T., Reisweber, J., & Hart, V. (in press). The Forum BEVI Project: Applications and implications for international, multicultural, and transformative learning. In C.N. Shealy (Ed.), Making sense of beliefs and values. New York: Springer Publishing.
- Karcher, E.L., Wandschneider, E., and Powers, W.J. (2013). Emerging Issues and Sustainability in International Agriculture: A Study Abroad Program to Vietnam (PDF)*. NACTA journal, Vol. 57, No. 3a, Special Issue – Globalization: Implications for Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Agricultural Education September 2013.
- Theses and dissertations
- Geisler, M. (2000). A Typology of Reflective Learning (PDF)*. Master's thesis. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Peterson, D. (2003). The Decision to Study Abroad: Contributing Factors and Implication for Communication Strategies (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Brubaker, C. (2006). Student Perceptions of Self-identified Cultural Encounters during a Short-term Study Abroad Program (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Chaison, D.B. (2008). International Service Learning Approaches: Factors of Social Engagement for Minority Students at a Large Midwestern University (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Lucas, J.M. (2009). Where are all the Males? A Mixed-method inquiry into Male Study Abroad Participation (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Shrestha, K.M. (2009). Student Perspectives on the Undergraduate Education in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Croom, P. (2010). Institutional Strategy in a Global Context: The Land-grant University Experience (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Singer, S. M. (2011). The Impact of Macro-Level Factors on the Development of Study Abroad in Community Colleges (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Motley, R.J. (2013). Change in Measured Noncognitive Variables: A Quantitative Examination of the Influence of Short-Term Study Abroad Experiences (PDF)*. Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Sinclair, J. (2014). An integrated organizational view of the development of international experiences in graduate professional education: Cases of dentistry, law, and medicine at a research university (Michigan State University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2014. 3667380.). Doctoral Dissertation. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
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