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An Ethical Perspective on Study Abroad

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 am

Global Career Compass

I’m pleased to share this Guest Post by my colleague,  Scott G. Blair, Ph.D. Transnational Learning Consulting, LLC

If I were asked to write a message to undergraduate students recently returned home from a study abroad program on the topic of how they might think—in ethical terms—about their time spent overseas, I would write this:

 As you return from study abroad, and whatever the type of program, I encourage you to think about what you experienced overseas not as an event but as part of a process- one that needs to extend across your entire life. If you think of study abroad only as an event, its utility is largely limited to what you got out of it yourself: personal learning and development; knowledge and skills valuable to career empowerment; deeper awareness of personal identity; new friends and contacts; travel and cultural discovery; lots of fun…

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