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Study Abroad and Cultural Awareness

The Akan people of Ghana have an ancient proverb: “One must come out of one’s house to begin learning.” Study abroad offers students the experience of global living and learning, enriching awareness of the diversity of the world’s cultures. Such experiences foster lifelong critical thinking, intercultural competence, and the opportunity to contribute to lively, far-reaching discourse on issues that affect people worldwide. This entry reviews the nature and impact of study abroad programs and their relevance to African American students.

What Is Study Abroad?

Study abroad is a useful tool to enhance cultural awareness and global literacy. Studies confirm that a range of personal, educational, and professional competencies are derived from international experiential learning. These competencies include cognitive flexibility and open-mindedness, adaptability, sensitivity ...

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