Administering Study Abroad Offerings Academics and Finances

Topics: Study Abroad, Globalization, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What are the study abroad options for students at private research universities? 
  • How is credit that is earned through third-party study abroad providers awarded to students
    upon their return to campus? 
  • How do other universities judge the academic stringency and overall quality of study abroad
    programs facilitated by third-party providers?


As more and more students study abroad, universities are faced with administrative, academic, and financial challenges.  This brief profiles study abroad offices and offerings at six private universities.   Credit transfer protocols, quality control mechanisms, and financial practices are highlighted, with a particular emphasis on ways in which universities seek to counter the problem of lost tuition revenue.  The final section of the report discusses recent changes to study abroad offices and programs at profiled institutions.

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