Designing a Study Abroad Program to Include Humanities Graduate Students: Institutional Constraints and Possibilities

  • Kevin A. Morrison


This chapter discusses the challenges and rewards of designing study abroad programs to include participation by graduate students within a specific institutional context: the university where I worked between 2009 and 2018. The constraints to and possibilities for devising study abroad programs at other educational institutions will necessarily vary. However, many of the issues I confronted in establishing short-term study abroad programs to include graduate students in humanistic disciplines—including English, creative writing, and communications and rhetorical studies—are generalizable. In planning a course to include graduate students, one may very well come up against institutional restraints and departmental regulations. The practical realities of graduate students’ lives, academically as well as financially, may also constrain their participation. For graduate students who do manage to overcome those limitations, however, short-term study abroad can have significant long-term effects.


Graduate student study abroad Intercultural awareness Global interdependence Intercultural competencies 


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  • Kevin A. Morrison
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  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesHenan UniversityKaifengChina

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