The Transforming Effects of Study-Abroad and International Service-Learning Opportunities on The Personal and Professional Lives of College Students
This study investigated the effects of study-abroad and international service-learning experiences on the personal and professional lives of college students. Three research questions guided this qualitative study: 1.What types of international study-abroad and service-learning experiences did college students engage in? 2. What motivated college students to engage in study-abroad and international service learning experiences? 3. How did participation in study-abroad and international service learning experiences affect the personal and professional lives of college student participants? A survey was developed and administered to 231 college students over a two year period who participated in either a semester long or month long international study-abroad experience. Narrative data were compiled and common themes and distinctive responses from students served to answer the three research questions.
Key Words- International Service-Learning,Personal and Professional Development