Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
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This thesis works to explore the benefits that a study abroad experience can have on undergraduate students. After providing the benefits and a history of US study abroad programming, it works to understand why more students do not take advantage of such opportunities. Specifically, the gender gap in study abroad is examined in order to attempt to understand why male undergraduate students do not study abroad as much as female undergraduate students. Three explanations for the gender gap are proposed. First, study abroad is seen as being a girl thing. Second, the more involved a male student is on campus, the less likely they are to go abroad. Third, male students often have misinformation about study abroad. With each explanation, solutions are put forth in an attempt to create ways to close the gender gap in study abroad. The conclusion looks at why study abroad is a relevant and crucial experience for all undergraduate students; additionally, it looks at how to broaden the range of students that partake in study abroad.
Date of Award
© Justine Bufmack
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Bufmack, Justine, "Understanding the Value of a Study Abroad Experience and Closing the Gender Gap" (2013). All Regis University Theses. 582.