Publication Date

January 2016


Study abroad programs offer unique opportunities for students to gain valuable educational and life experience. These experiences support a well-rounded education and prepare the students to work in a more global society. Many study abroad programs are designed with undergraduates as the target audience and may not meet the academic needs or life situations of the graduate student. This paper describes the authors’ observations based on their experiences with developing and implementing study abroad programs. This writing discusses lessons learned and offers recommendations for expanding existing programs to attract graduate students.

Author Bio(s)

Vanessa Robinson-Dooley is an Assistant Professor of Social Work. She is a clinician (LCSW); her research and publications includes interdisciplinary practice and pedagogy to improve service delivery in healthcare, nonprofit, and social service settings and promoting cultural competency in education and practice. Alan Kirk, Ph.D., is a Professor of Social Work and Director the Social Work program. Dr. Kirk has written several training programs that have been implemented by federal and state governmental organizations. He currently teaches practice and research courses at KSU. Jennifer Riapos is a second year graduate student in the Master of Social Work program. She working on her degree in clinical social work and has participated in the study abroad program in her major.

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