JMU International Programs OIP The Benefits of Study Abroad 2015 : Page 4

w N L Surveys of JMU students returning from study abroad programs find that they report: • An increased sense of global awareness and interest in world events • An increased interest in environmental issues • An increased interest in other cultures and societies • Less traditional views on the roles of men and women • Greater openness to other religious systems and practices • Greater awareness of their own beliefs and those of others • Greater attention to the emotions of others • More complex, critical thinking • A greater sense of feeling “whole”—that their needs have been or are being met In academic year 2014-15, 1,218 students studied abroad in 68 different programs. 150° 140° 130° Study Abroad Destinations 120° 110° 100° 90° 80° 70° 60° 50° 40° 30° 20° 10° 0° 10° 20° 30° 40° 50° 60° 70° 80° 90° 100° 110° 120° 130° 140° 150° 160° 170° 180° 170° 70° Sweden Norway Finland Canada Scotland Denmark Poland Ireland England Germany Czech Republic Belgium Austria France Croatia Bosnia Spain Italy Malta Morocco Jordan Israel Egypt India Ghana Benin Cameroon Russia 60° 50° China Japan South Korea 40° The Bahamas Cuba Jamaica Belize Dominican Republic Dominica Costa Rica 30° Burma T hailand V ietnam Philippines Singapore 20° 10° Kenya 0° 10° Brazil Mauritius Australia Botswana Chile Argentina South Africa 20° 30° New Zealand 40° 50° 60°

Surveys Of JMU Students Returning From Study Abroad Programs Find That They Report

• An increased sense of global awareness and interest in world events

• An increased interest in environmental issues

• An increased interest in other cultures and societies

• Less traditional views on the roles of men and women

• Greater openness to other religious systems and practices

• Greater awareness of their own beliefs and those of others

• Greater attention to the emotions of others

• More complex, critical thinking

• A greater sense of feeling “whole”—that their needs have been or are being met

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