The benefit of study abroad and international immersion programs on students had been well documented, but the impact on destination communities our students visit has received significantly less attention. Many of the potential negative economic, social and cultural impacts of foreign visitors highlighted in the literature on tourism are likely to apply to students engaged in study abroad or immersive global programs. The excessive focus on the benefits for students raises the question if study abroad and international global immersions for many are simply self-serving activities. The Jesuit Apostolic Preferences can serve as a discernment tool in the planning and assessment of global experiences that ultimately can serve to join our institutions in mission across the world.
Padilla, Rene. "Reflection on the Implication of the Jesuit Apostolic Preferences on Study Abroad and International Immersions." Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal 9, 1 (2020). https://epublications.regis.edu/jhe/vol9/iss1/2