Spelman College on Encouraging African-American Studies to Study Abroad

Lizette Terry Study Abroad 2016 (crop)

“According to the Spelman College Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education, which oversees the Study Abroad Office, a record-breaking 277 students traveled to 18 countries during summer 2016. All total, more than 400 Spelman students traveled to 35 countries during the 2015-2016 academic year compared to 218 participants just four years ago – demonstrating sustained growth of the study abroad program and underscoring the importance of global education in students’ overall educational experience.

The photo captures Lizette Terry, C’2017, and her peers during a study abroad trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Spelman is outpacing the national average in the number of African-American students studying abroad. A 2015 “Open Doors Report” by the Institute of International Education determined African Americans comprised just 5.6 percent of U.S. college students who participated in study abroad programs during the 2013-2014 academic year. During that same period, 20 percent of Spelman’s 2,100 students studied abroad in 43 countries, and 71 percent of the class of 2015 had a global travel experience.”

For the rest of the article, read the original here.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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