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The Careers of Language Study Abroad Alumni: A Comprehensive Investigation

Researchers:

  • Celeste Kinginger (Project Director, Penn State)
  • Kevin McManus (Co-PI, Penn State)
  • Robert Schrauf (Co-I, Penn State)

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Funding Award Amount: $254,550

Project Duration: 2017-2020

Project Description:

Despite growing participation in international education, little is known about the long-term career pathways and choices of language study abroad alumni. This is a major shortcoming because of the volume of resources the U.S. economy provides to support study abroad, and the significance of language ability to global security and the economic interests of the country. This project will undertake a comprehensive investigation to understand the extent to which foreign language ability developed at the postsecondary level is valued, recognized, and cultivated across the lifespan, and the extent to which this ability contributes to career readiness and offers personal and professional opportunities. We will also examine how and to what extent language ability is supported after study abroad, which program types lead to the greatest long-term impact, and the advantages and challenges that these learners experience. 


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