Access to Study Abroad forStudents at Rural Community Colleges


  • Michelle Lieberman
  • Dean Roughton
  • Mitchell Williams


While there has been limited research documenting the study abroad experiences of community college students, very few studies have focused on how rural two-year colleges use study abroad to increase student knowledge of international affairs, boost access to valuable cross-cultural experiences, and promote cultural awareness, professional growth, and academic success. For this study, the researchers utilized a qualitative survey, interviews leaders of community college short-term study abroad programs, and document analysis with the goal of identifying practices to develop sustainable short-term study abroad programs at rural community colleges. The findings indicated that rural community college leaders should enhance faculty motivation and acknowledge and encourage the efforts of study abroad leaders.  



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Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad (Published)