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Japan as the gateway to Asia and beyond: Long-term impacts of American study abroad experiences

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Study abroad programs are viewed by many as an internationalization strategy to strengthen the ties between nations through people to people connections in addition to promoting the cultivation of intercultural competent and internationally-minded individuals for a globally competitive society. This study aims to contribute to the knowledge of the long-term impacts of study abroad by examining post-study abroad experiences of American undergraduate students who studied abroad in Japan by exploring their subsequent academic attainment, intercultural development, personal/social development, and career development through transnational, regional, and global dimensions. The study utilizes a retrospective tracer study, and the sample includes approximately 1,400 participants who have studied abroad for one academic year or one semester for academic credit in Japan from the United States during the period of 1963-2010. The sequential mixed methods design consists of two phases aiming to provide a baseline dataset of the long-term impacts of study abroad while providing informative insights and enriched understandings. Phase one is comprised online survey administered to the whole sample. Phase two consists of qualitative in-depth interviews with selected respondents. The empirical data confirms and elaborates on the existing understanding of study abroad and its impact on participants and the long-term impact on individuals while also showing distinctive patterns tied to the US-Japan context. Furthermore, the preliminary findings conclude that study abroad is not only a transnational process that cultivates good will, language, and cultural skills between the US and Japan but also acts a stepping stone and gateway for cultivating further interest in Asia and the world and nurtures individuals who act as bridges between nations.
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Asada, Sarah. "Japan as the gateway to Asia and beyond: Long-term impacts of American study abroad experiences" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p715834_index.html>

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Asada, S. R. "Japan as the gateway to Asia and beyond: Long-term impacts of American study abroad experiences" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p715834_index.html

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Abstract: Study abroad programs are viewed by many as an internationalization strategy to strengthen the ties between nations through people to people connections in addition to promoting the cultivation of intercultural competent and internationally-minded individuals for a globally competitive society. This study aims to contribute to the knowledge of the long-term impacts of study abroad by examining post-study abroad experiences of American undergraduate students who studied abroad in Japan by exploring their subsequent academic attainment, intercultural development, personal/social development, and career development through transnational, regional, and global dimensions. The study utilizes a retrospective tracer study, and the sample includes approximately 1,400 participants who have studied abroad for one academic year or one semester for academic credit in Japan from the United States during the period of 1963-2010. The sequential mixed methods design consists of two phases aiming to provide a baseline dataset of the long-term impacts of study abroad while providing informative insights and enriched understandings. Phase one is comprised online survey administered to the whole sample. Phase two consists of qualitative in-depth interviews with selected respondents. The empirical data confirms and elaborates on the existing understanding of study abroad and its impact on participants and the long-term impact on individuals while also showing distinctive patterns tied to the US-Japan context. Furthermore, the preliminary findings conclude that study abroad is not only a transnational process that cultivates good will, language, and cultural skills between the US and Japan but also acts a stepping stone and gateway for cultivating further interest in Asia and the world and nurtures individuals who act as bridges between nations.


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