THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION: AN ANALYSIS OF STUDY ABRAOD PROGRAMMING AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSIRTY AND THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Author:
Powell, Alexis A
Graduate Program:
Educational Theory and Policy
Degree:
Master of Arts
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
November 16, 2017
Committee Members:
  • Maryellen Schaub, Thesis Advisor
  • David P Baker, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • Higher Education
  • Internationalization
  • Study Abroad
  • Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Enrollment
  • Participation Rates
  • Learning Outcomes
Abstract:
In the United States the annual rate of participation in study abroad programs have steadily increased over the past two decades with a record number of students studying abroad during the 2014-2015 academic year. However, despite the annual increase in participation, less than 2% of all students enrolled at institutions of higher education and 10% of U.S graduates choose to participate in study abroad opportunities before graduation. This study evaluates trends in U.S. study abroad programming and works to examine the education abroad profile at both The Ohio State University and The Pennsylvania State University, in order to gain a better understanding of student enrollment in study abroad programs and student learning outcomes at each institution. The findings suggest, that while both The Ohio State University and The Pennsylvania State University send a significant number of students abroad annually there is still a need for increased participation and institutional support from both universities.