Study Abroad


The following outcomes for cross-cultural learning were developed by the Study Abroad Committee in 1991. It is not expected that every cross-cultural learning experience will result in accomplishing all of the outcomes, but it is hoped that such an experience might seek to accomplish at least two or three of the outcomes.

Cultural Awareness

  • an interest in the similarities and differences between the lifestyles of the host cultures and the lifestyles of our own culture
  • an understanding of the historical, social, religious and economic roots of the host culture and its current value systems
  • an appreciation of the extensive diversity within cultures, even as we become increasingly interdependent, politically and economically.
  • knowledge of the lifestyle and consumption practices in the host culture and an appreciation of how these practices affect the local and global environment.

Self Awareness

  • an ability to limit and control judgments when making comparisons between value systems and living activities of dissimilar cultures.
  • an ability to recognize one's own prejudicial fears and assumptions regarding the people and traditions of the host culture.
  • an ability to adjust successfully to differences in living conditions, communication patterns and ritual practices experienced while immersed in the host culture.
  • confidence in one's ability to engage in the daily processes of coping in many unfamiliar and diverse situations.
  • a willingness, after completing the study tour, to draw on the wealth of insights and experiences attained to make decisions affecting professional and personal life choices.
  • an interest in creative and positive approaches to addressing global situations and demands.

Ethical Awareness

  • an ability to appreciate the ambiguity of the moral dilemmas that accompany working in one value system after being trained and influenced by another culture's value system.
  • an ability to use discretion, analytical skills and a personal value system to confront opposing value orientations and practices so that one does not interact with hosts with either a superior or a trapped demeanor.