Making an Impact: The Benefits of Studying Abroad

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Michele Scheib

Keywords

international study, career, disability

Abstract

Qualitative interviews with ten individuals with disabilities who participated in a study abroad program within the past eight years, compared equally to long-term outcomes cited in studies with the general study abroad alumni population. Students reported increased self-confidence, independence and career or educational gains related to their study abroad experiences.

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