This thesis seeks to examine the current state of study abroad programming available to undergraduate students at independent arts institutions of higher education in the United States. With very few American students studying abroad during their Undergraduate education in any field, and even fewer going abroad when they attend small arts institutions, I will argue that American institutions of higher education dedicated to the study of fine arts are missing out on a key factor of campus internationalization—the study abroad experience. As more and more institutions seek to internationalize, American institutions, including those focused on fine arts, are a top choice for students coming into the United States from abroad. While many American arts students indicate that they intend to include a semester studying abroad in their undergraduate experience, very few are able to see this goal through. This thesis seeks to examine why this low rate of participation is the case, and will conclude with suggestions for program reform in order to raise the number of students who take part in this type of programming, in order to further institution’s goals for campus internationalization, as well as to better serve students of the arts in an increasingly interconnected world.
Keywords: •Study abroad •Capacity for institutional programming in higher education •Comprehensive internationalization •International education •Cross-cultural student engagement
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art education, Multicultural Education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Art schools, Cross-cultural engagement, Institutional programming, Internationalization, Study abroad|
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