Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-2014

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Victor Savicki

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

In 2012, The Institute of International Education (IIE) reported that U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades (IIE, 2012). During the 1990’s, U.S. students studying abroad grew from 50,000 in 1985 to 140,000 in 2000. Despite changes in foreign relations and the American economy, the popularity of study abroad has continued to grow (IIE, 2012). Study abroad has been on the rise for many years because it holds many benefits for students. A semester, year, or any segment of time in a different culture can impact a student’s worldview, cultural understanding, and their scope of experience. As this experience has become more common, study abroad has become a topic of interest in the psychology field. Study abroad includes many complex psychological processes; this research will focus on the activity of reentry into one’s home culture as a focal point to examine several of these processes.

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