Stasia Diamantis-Lopez, a faculty member in our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, recently shared her basic tenets of international education, in a well-thought and reasoned article. Preaching to the choir – but take a look – she’s brilliant.
Colleges and universities around the world are valuing the goal of becoming more globally engaged and continuing to encourage their students to study abroad. What is the value behind those international experiences? Studies have shown that students who study abroad not only have higher grade point averages (G.P.A.s) but also develop the necessary skills to function in our interconnected world. According to Abrams (1960), “goals of higher education include intellectual and professional development, general education, personal growth, and the furtherance of the international understanding.”
When people study abroad, they break down the ethnocentricity that they feel about their own country being the best and only way to live. Studying abroad allows a student, for example, to develop positive attitudes toward other countries and allow for further curiosities to be explored through research, travel, and befriending international students who can open another door of understanding for Americans.
Please click through the link above to read the rest of Stasia’s excellent article.