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Studying Abroad, a "Hands On" Approach to Political Science
Unformatted Document Text:  Introduction Studying abroad has become increasingly important in American higher education. During the 2005-2006 academic year alone, 223,000 students studied abroad, an increase in 8.5% from the year before, and those students who get academic credit have increased exponentially in the last decade. 1 France for example is the 4 th most popular destination (the UK, Italy and Spain are more popular) hosting 15, 602 students in the same academic year (up 1.5% from the previous academic year). Though a large majority of college students do not participate in these phenomena, this increase both in the numbers and in those getting academic credits is important. And as the old cliché of “it’s a small world” becomes more prevalent, with students getting to know some of the billions of other people, customs and languages that share our planet, questions arise concerning how these experiences can fit into a departments curriculum 2 and ways students may best exploit their experiences in relationship to their major particularly in the social sciences which provide a large contingent of the study abroad effectives as the table below indicates 3 . 1 http://opendoors.iienetwork.org/?p=113744 2 3 The top majors that study abroad are social sciences, business/management and the humanities. 2

Authors: Sheppard, Elizabeth.
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Introduction
Studying abroad has become increasingly important in American higher education.
During the 2005-2006 academic year alone, 223,000 students studied abroad, an increase in
8.5% from the year before, and those students who get academic credit have increased
exponentially in the last decade.
France for example is the 4
th
most popular destination (the
UK, Italy and Spain are more popular) hosting 15, 602 students in the same academic year (up
1.5% from the previous academic year). Though a large majority of college students do not
participate in these phenomena, this increase both in the numbers and in those getting
academic credits is important.
And as the old cliché of “it’s a small world” becomes more prevalent, with students
getting to know some of the billions of other people, customs and languages that share our
planet, questions arise concerning how these experiences can fit into a departments
curriculum
and ways students may best exploit their experiences in relationship to their
major particularly in the social sciences which provide a large contingent of the study abroad
effectives as the table below indicates
1
http://opendoors.iienetwork.org/?p=113744
2
3
The top majors that study abroad are social sciences, business/management and the humanities.
2


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