Murray State University

Poster Title

Applications of Economics: STUDY 1 (White): Trends in Study Abroad

Institution

Murray State University

Abstract

Over the past decade the number of students who participate in study abroad programs has increased significantly. Study abroad, and in particular, what causes a student to study abroad, is a field that has not been explored empirically. As a result, there are a number of interesting questions that have to be explored to more fully understand the increases that have occurred during the past decade. These include: as the number of students participating in study abroad programs has increased, has the composition of those who study abroad changed? Are the program lengths and immersion levels increasing along with the growing number of participants? Are there identifiable factors that increase a student’s willingness to participate in study abroad programs? This paper will seek to answer these questions using information from study abroad interest surveys, applications, and pre- and post-trip interviews.

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Applications of Economics: STUDY 1 (White): Trends in Study Abroad

Over the past decade the number of students who participate in study abroad programs has increased significantly. Study abroad, and in particular, what causes a student to study abroad, is a field that has not been explored empirically. As a result, there are a number of interesting questions that have to be explored to more fully understand the increases that have occurred during the past decade. These include: as the number of students participating in study abroad programs has increased, has the composition of those who study abroad changed? Are the program lengths and immersion levels increasing along with the growing number of participants? Are there identifiable factors that increase a student’s willingness to participate in study abroad programs? This paper will seek to answer these questions using information from study abroad interest surveys, applications, and pre- and post-trip interviews.