Studies Assessing Student Learning Abroad: A Partial List

This table provides details of research studies conducted assessing student learning abroad. The results of many, but not all, of these studies have been published; some projects have generated data sets resulting in more than one publication. For publication information, please consult one of the excellent on-line bibliographies, or contact the principal investigator.


Principal Investigator And
Institutional Affiliation:
Title of Study: Objective:
Lisa Bardill (Barry University) The Impact of Semester at Sea on the Psychosocial Development of Undergraduate Students. To determine if participation in Semester at Sea impacts psycho-social development.
Mary M. Dwyer; C. Slawson (IES) Long-Term Impact of Study Abroad Study looking at a group of measures that cluster into the following categories of of the longitudinal impact of education abroad on: economic return on investment, regular use of foreign language today, career choices (i.e., percent who have worked internationally), post-education abroad educational choices, etc.
Richard. L. Dukes;
R.H. Johnson, H. Newton
(Univ. of Colorado, Boulder)
Long Term Effects of Travel and Study: The Semester at Sea Program Evaluation of education abroad within the lifespan developmental model.
Lilli Engles
Measuring French Language Proficiency During One Semester of Study at AUCP. Measuring Intercultural Sensitivity Development During One Semester of Study at the AUCP. To quantify progress made in both linguistic skill and cross-cultural competence with reliable, precise, independent instruments.
Katy C. Fraser
(Indiana University)
Measure Proficiency Gains in German in a Semester and a Full Year. To measure gains and analyze what led to them-or hindered them.
Barbara Freed
(University of Pennsylvania)
The Language Proficiency and Study Abroad Project (CIEE) Measure education abroad gains in a education abroad context and contras them to gains made by a control group of students on a US campus. Establish differences between learning results, separated by skills, at home and abroad for students with two and three prior semester of Spanish.
Laurence Glasco
(University of Pittsburgh)
Brazil and Race: Lessons from Bahia (Semester at Sea) Measurement of knowledge or race relations in Salvador D'Bahia.
Richard Kraft; J. Ballantine
D. Garvey
(Univ. of Colorado, Boulder;
Wright State Univ.,
Prescott College)
Study Abroad or International Travel? The case of Semester at Sea. Measurement and comparison of outcomes of traditional education abroad programs and semester at sea.
Denise Easley, L. Kruze
(Indiana University)
The Job Search and Career Plans of Business Students Who Did and Did Not Study Abroad. The primary hypothesis of the research is that education abroad experiences have the potential to impact an undergraduate business students' job search and career plans including interest in careers with international opportunities and positions pursued.
Celeste Kinginger
(Pennsylvania State Univ.)
The Development of French Language Proficiency and Language Awareness in Undergraduates Participating in one Semester Programs in France (Spring 2003). Examine the development of language proficiency and language awareness in relation to interactional affordances made available by the host community. Intend to examine changes in the learners' awareness of linguistic correlates of social context and genre (e.g., register, politeness, speaking vs. writing). Ling the findings on changes in proficiency and awareness to the participants' own accounts of their experiences as related in interviews and language learning journals.
Les McCabe
(Univ. of Pittsburgh)
The development of a global perspective during participation in Semester at Sea Researches the question of how students studying abroad change views with respect to different dimensions of a global perspective and how various elements of Semester at Sea impact a global perspective.
Paul Pederson Five Stages of Cultural Shock: Critical Incidents Around the World. (Semester at Sea) Elaboration of stage models of culture shoc based on education abroad.k
Carla Slawson; Y. Akande
The Long-Term Impact of Study Abroad Retrospection longitudinal study, measuring current use of foreign language, impact on career choices, impact on personal/social/ political development, etc.
Walter G. Stephen;
C.W. Stephen
(New Mexico State Univ.)
Cognition and Affect in Stereotyping: Parallel Interactive Networks. (Semester at Sea) Measure the impact of control groups and semester at sea participants in the development of cognitive and affective stereotypes.
Walter G. Stephen,
C.W. Stephen
(New Mexico State Univ.)
Reducing Intercultural Anxiety Through Intercultural Contact (Semester at Sea) Analysis of a model of intergroup cross cultural anxiety education based on education abroad.
Michael Vande Berg
(Georgetown University)
The Assessment of Student Learning Abroad: Addressing a Critical National Need (Dickinson College, Georgetown, Rice University, U of Minnesota) Measure learning in three domains: foreign language acquisition, intercultural proficiency and learning within a specific disciplinary context.
Paige Weting; K. Sideli
L. Kurisack
(Indiana University)
Dating and sexuality issues of students studying abroad (from multiple institutions and providers) Concern that students face dating and sexuality issues that are not currently addressed in advising resources.
Brian Whalen
The Dickinson College Study Abroad Alumni Memory Study To understand whether the education abroad experience continues to exert an influence in people's lives, and if so, to understand how this occurs. The study also seeks to identify any experiences that are unique to education abroad and to note their ongoing learning value over time based on how they linger and mature in memory.
Edward Ingraham and Debra Peterson
(Michigan State University)
The Michigan State University Study of the Impact of Study Abroad on Students, Faculty and the Institution. To assess the impact of education abroad through a research design that seeks to measure impact against six education abroad goals: intellectual growth, professional development, personal growth, intercultural awareness, awareness of one's own culture, and contribution to the internationalization of one's home department, college and university.
Josh McKeown
State University of New York, Oswego
The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development. An assessment of learning on education abroad, using growth along a scale measuring intellectual development.
Lisa Chieffo and Lesa Griffiths
University of Delaware
Impact of Short-Term Programs Abroad on Students' Perceived Global Awareness and Activities Comparison of the attitudes and activities of students on short-term programs abroad with those of students taking similar courses on campus during the same one-month period.