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Study Abroad Student Learning Outcomes

Study Abroad Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in a study abroad program sponsored by UMD International Programs & Services, students will:

1) Demonstrate self-confidence toward cultural experiences

  1. Feel confident in interacting with people from another culture who hold different interests, values, or perspectives.
  2. Feel comfortable having intellectual discussions about international issues with family, friends, or classmates.
  3. Confidently relate cultural experiences to their academic major(s).
  4. Have tools to effectively explain how cultural experiences relate to job-related skills.
  5. Succeed in traveling to or living in the host country for a future job if necessary.

2) Demonstrate awareness of one's own cultural values and biases

  1. Understand how cultural values impact views.
  2. Learn how culture could bias thinking about other people, places, and things.
  3. Reflect upon cultural values and how they shape thoughts and behaviors.
  4. Realize how culture can influence ways of thinking.

3) Demonstrate a global mindset and appreciation for cultural differences

  1. Learn what being a “global citizen” means in a meaningful way.
  2. Know the importance of understanding global perspectives.
  3. Learn about the host country’s culture from their perspectives.
  4. Understand how their decisions and behaviors could be perceived by individuals from another country.
  5. Reflect on how a study abroad experience can broaden ways of thinking about other people, places, and things.

The three study abroad student learning outcomes align with the Campus Learning Goals and Outcomes: Undergraduate #5, Demonstrate self-knowledge across a range of developmental areas.

View the Study Abroad Assessment Plan here.