Education Abroad Learning Outcomes

Education Abroad Learning Outcomes   

  • From Bollen, M. C. (Ed.) A guide to outcomes assessment in education abroad. Carlisle, PA: Forum on Education Abroad.

Disciplinary Knowledge

  • Synthesize academic/disciplinary concepts with real world phenomena
  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • Gain an international perspective of their career or discipline
  • Gain an ability to translate theory into practice

Social and Emotional Growth

  • Build independence
  • Gain self-confidence
  • Develop self-awareness
  • Develop empathy
  • Develop an increased tolerance for ambiguity

Global Awareness

  • Develop awareness of the social, political and economic state of the local community
  • Increase awareness of transportation, housing, employment, health care, education, climate and other realities beyond the U.S.
  • Increase tolerance for living in regions of the world that have different physical environments

Cultural Consciousness

  • Understand the nature of culture in general
  • Understand their specific culture
  • Become conscious of their own cultural perspective
  • Engage diverse expressions of culture and belief
  • Develop International goodwill and global citizenship
  • Adapt effectively to cross-cultural settings

Language Learning

  • Develop or improve language competency in speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Engage with others in the host language
  • Understand the importance of language to the local community and society

Lifelong Learning

  • Pursue continuous global learning
  • Explore international opportunities after returning home
  • Apply knowledge from abroad after returning home


  • Express a preliminary understanding of the different world-view of the local culture on a variety of religious, social and/or political issues
  • Articulate an understanding of what it means to be the other, to be a stranger in a strange land
  • Demonstrate a respect for the cultural differences that exist between the cultural values of the student and the local culture


Last Modified: 8/4/23