Exposure to another culture through a study abroad experience has long been considered an ideal opportunity to develop intercultural competence (Engle & Engle, 2004; Norris & Steinberg, 2008; Pederson, 2009; Pitts, 2009).
Specifics about Shenandoah Students
Large number of student athletes
Significant population of first-generation students (college and global travel)
Study Abroad – Non-existent prior to 1999
No formal structures
No interest was expressed
Shenandoah University responded by creating sequenced and experientially based study abroad programming. More specifically, the case is made for the use of learning styles and motivation engagement concepts as a basis for intentionally designed short programs to dismantle barriers that inhibit participation rates in traditional study abroad opportunities.
SU is a small school requiring creativity with the content of the class to make it go