The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master of Arts degree programs. Capstones reassess theoretical knowledge in light of professional experience in the form of a final research paper, incorporating both classroom knowledge and practicum based experience.

The full-text of papers written prior to July 2011 in the Capstone Collection are limited to SIT and other World Learning faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with SIT or World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Full-text papers written after July 2011 are openly accessible to the public.

Due to copyright restrictions some papers are not available full-text electronically. World Learning affiliated students and staff can check these papers out of the library or, if you are off-campus, request them via interlibrary loan

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Submissions from 2014

Risk Management for Secondary School Study Abroad Programs, Marley Aloe

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For Better or For Worse: Gender and the Congo Basin Forests, Jennifer M. Bangoura

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Internationalizing the Study Abroad Classroom: An Intensive English Program at the American Graduate School in Paris, Jordan A. Caley

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Active Development of Tacit Knowledge: ADTK In a World Without Farmers, Roger E. Garrett Jr.

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Long-Lasting Impact of Faculty-Led Study Abroad: An Alumni Perspective, Nancy Georgiev

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Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Awareness, and Personal Growth: A Short-Term Study Abroad Program Design for the University of Colorado, Boulder, Jana K. Howlett

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The Use of Agents in International Student Recruitment: International Education Professional’s Opinions, Emily M. Kirsch

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An Expanded Field Guide on Cross-Cultural Learning for Faculty Leaders of University of Missouri Study Abroad Programs, William Palmieri

CISabroad: Training and Development of Site Directors, Jessica Parks

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Corporate Social Responsibility Enrichment Exchange Program, Deborah Waggoner

Submissions from 2013

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Recruitment and Diversity: Exploring the Links Between Third-Party Provider Recruitment Strategies And the Level of Diversity Among Secondary Level International Education Travel Participants, Gina Asalon

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Global Ambassadors Returnee Program: Can We Change Campus Culture?, Lynn Butler

Aloha Kakou: A Socially-Responsible Student Travel Program Based in Hawaii, Jacob G. Dunlap

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Community Internationalization: Developing the Host Family Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Alicia Haley

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Gaging the Education Abroad Perception: A Survey of Personnel at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Jennifer R. Krahn

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A New Model: Improving Adult Experiences in The Holy Land With Effective Pre-Departure Information, Resources and Procedures, Sarah A. Loan

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Developing a Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Orientation for Study Abroad Students at The Univerisidad Católica De La Santísima Concepción, Jennifer Ramos

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Study Abroad and Identity: The African American Experience, Alicia Ranney

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Access Abroad: A Design in Equitable Access to Education Abroad, Matthew Zielsdorf

Submissions from 2012

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An Introduction to Life at a U.S. University: A Pre-departure orientation for Thai students going to the U.S. to Study, Alexandra B. Ashley

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Journey to the "New" West: A Course Proposal for Cultural Integration in Chinese ESL Education, Erica Balazs

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Exploring Locally to Grow Globally: A Community Excursion-based Elective for Intensive English Programs, Andrea L. Bernasconi

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Social Entrepreneurship in Egypt: Turning Revolutionary Ambition into Tangible Results, Chris C. Blackwood

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The Journey Home from Ecuador: A Reentry Guide for Tandana Foundation Volunteers, Heidi Bohn

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Weaving Culture into Context: Redesigning the Internship Program for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, Sara Bradshaw

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Spain & Morocco: Issues in Hospitality & Tourism, Shanathan Crayton

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Community Perspectives- How Study Abroad with Service Learning Impacts the Locals, Sarah J. Delcambre

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Moroccan Encounter: A Cross-Cultural, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Program for U.S. and Moroccan Youth, Kristin A. Eberman

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Stable, Practical, and High-paying: How Second Generation Indian/Pakistani Adults are Affected by Parental Pressure in Their Career Choices, Sabrina Eveland

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A Diversity Initiative in Global Education for First-Generation Students, Jessica Greenbaum

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Project GAYA: A Study Abroad Program Design for Fundación Operación GAYA Internacional, Lauren E. Johanson

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“Around the World Project” at the Maryland Institute College of Art: Making International Education Week a Year-long Program, Rebecca L. La Creta

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Internationalization of K-12 Schools Through the Eyes of Public School Principals, Megan M. Landwehr

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Consulting Cultural Informants: A Look at the Extent to which Students Use Informants and Other Strategies to Learn from Their International Experiences, William Scott Leroy

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Freedom in Creation: Global Village Education Program, Daniel C. Maxwell

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VISIONS Service Adventures: China; A Comprehensive Program Design, Whitney Morgan

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Exploring Sydney: An Onsite Orientation Program for Students Studying in Australia, Meaghan Murphy

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Learning Spanish Through Community Interaction, Leigh E. Newman-Bell

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Challenges in the land of hope: Phoenix area refugees and the recession, Valerie E. Nightingale

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ExplOre, Educate, Expand: The ExplOratorium’s Education Abroad Youth Program, Nina Rubin

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Enhancing Road Scholar Cuba Programs through Group Leader Training, Desiree N. Shrode

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Assessing the Unassessed: Incorporating Evaluation into the North Carolina State University Curriculum Integration Program, Jamie B. Snow

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Road Scholar Service-Learning Corps: Reflection and Reciprocity in Rajasthan, India, Lezlie R. Weber

Submissions from 2011

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Jordanian Teachers of Arabic as a Second Language: Effective techniques and problems encountered across cultures, Jumana Al-Mahamid

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Arabic Diglossia And Arabic As A Foregn Language: The Perception Of Students In World Learning Oman Center, Hilal Al-Mamari

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Short-Term Medical Exchange: A Proposal For Via In Stanford, California, Amy Loise Casey Azuma

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Summer Bridge Program at the University of San Francisco for Conditionally Admitted Chinese Students, Adrienne M. Bergenfeld

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Intercultural Competency Training For Semester At Sea, Leah Charbonneau

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Three Sisters Exchange: Building Alliances and Promoting Justice from The United States to Ecuador, Ariel Climer

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English As A Foreign Language Professional Development Practicum: Placing Skilled Teachers Where They Can Grow A Program Proposal For The Schools Of Cañadilla, S.A. Santiago, Chile, Ellen Marie Dizzia

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Latino/A Students In Study Abroad: Reasons For And Against Participation, Amy Dooley Bello

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Discovering The Potential Of Service Learning In Perugia, Italy: An Evaluation Of The Umbra Institute’s La Famiglia Italiana Project, Julie Falk

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“The Warm Heart Of Africa” Program Proposal For S.T.E.P Into The World, Adam Goldberg

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Sustainability Series: Creating Student Sustainable Practices Within SFS and Beyond, Staci Hagen

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Building a Global Village: Intercultural Communication for the International House at The College of New Jersey, Stephanie Holleran

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Digital Storytelling: Enriching Reflection And Reentry For Princeton In Africa Fellowship Participants, Stephanie C. Hooper

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Reciprocity and Reflection: Creating an Evaluation Plan for ProWorld Belize, Kelly Kocher

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Building A Bridge: Customized Programs And First-Year Undergraduate Students, Deborah Lake

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HMGT 610: French Hospitality January-Term Abroad, Bradi Lenentine

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Social Media In International Exchange Programs: Investigation Into The New Programs And Practices At World Learning, Pamela Lowenstein

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REWRITING THE UPSIDE DOWN WORLD: A Reflective Curriculum to Provoke Perspective Transformation And Personal Development among EcuaExplora Participants, Katerine A. McConnell

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Examining The Relationship Between Higher Education Institutions In The United States And Commercial Recruiting Agents In Accordance With Lessons Learned From The Australian Experience, Cara Miller

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Internationalization of Higher Education in Azerbaijan: Transforming Post-Soviet Legacies Through Higher Education Development, Ramina Murshudova

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The Water Project: A short-term study abroad program design for Alfred University, Caitlin Paul

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Brain Drain Out Of Hungary And Its Inhibitors, Eliza Plous

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Beyond the Borders of the American Gospel: Intercultural Communication for International Short-Term Mission Trips, Sabina Post

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Evaluation and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for the Presbyterian College Semester in Cuba Program, Dianne Pritchard

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Male Student-Athletes: What Happens When An Entire NCAA Division III Varsity Team From A Small Private Liberal Arts Institution Participates In A Trip Abroad Together?, Jacob Renze

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Englishization Of European Higher Education: An Analysis Of The Rationale For Offering English-Medium Classes In Non-English Speaking European Universities, Sarah Rood

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As The Americans Do: The Effects Of A Semester Abroad On Students’ Academic And Career Goals Two To Six Years After Completion Of A Semester At The American University Of Rome, Maria Sandone

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Cultivating Cross-Cultural Competencies: A Curriculum Proposal For World Camp, Inc. Centered On Cultural Identities And Cross-Cultural Understandings, Ashley Sawyer

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Growing Global Citizens: Shaping Perspective In An Interconnected World Through International Service Learning In A Gap Year, Nicole Sheldon-Desjardins

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International Student Orientation: Designing an On-Going Program for Soka University, Diana Ueda

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Dream Big: An Intercultural Program for Underpriviledged Indian Girls, Jennifer Wahlquist

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“From China to the US: Bridging the Gap between University of Indianapolis and Ningbo Institute of Technology”, Sarah Wann

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International Service-Learning Program in Guatemala On Mayan Education, Language Maintenance & Social Activism: A Program for The City College Of New York, CUNY, Kenneth Yanes

Submissions from 2010

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Japanese Visual Culture In Context: A Summer Faculty-Led Program At The University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, Megan Anderson

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Fine Tuning the Faculty-Led Consortium Program Model: An Administrative Proposal for Creating Stability and Sustainability for the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India (NYSICCSI) Program, Jonathan Andrew

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Assessing Students’ Learning: Have they learned what we had hoped?, CyBelle R. Barthelmess

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A Re-Entry Orientation for Youth for Understanding: Understanding Reverse Culture Shock, Courtney Beach

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CIEE Alumni Programming: Creating A Mutually Beneficial Design, Lauren Beilin

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The Intersection of Immigration, Education and National Identity in Contemporary Italian Society, Dana E. Bumpus

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Beyond The Job Training: A New Approach To Training Third-Party Provider Representatives, Elizabeth Camire-Akey

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Study Abroad: A Vision for Hawai‘i Community College, Holly T.K. Chang

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International Volunteerism: Host Communities' Awareness of Peace Corps Volunteers’ Benefits in Uganda, Bina Zaitsu Contreras

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Bridge Across The Atlantic: A Senegal / U.S. Two-Way Youth Exchange Program For Intercultural Skills, Leadership And Peacebuilding, Joseph Debiec

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Assessing Intercultural Competence in Children, Gina Marie Difino

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Communio Abroad: A Study Abroad Program Proposal for St. Norbert College – Anglo-American University and Cultural Experiences Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, Jeremy Doughty

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Cambodia: From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: A remarkable adventure in Southeast Asia - A short-term faculty-led service-learning program designed for Northfield Mount Hermon School, Jonathon S. Dunn

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Exploring Wanderlust: A quantitative analysis of the travel impulse as a psychological syndrome, Sara Ede

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Theory and Practice of International Service-Learning: A Case Study of Community Perspective in Senegal, Victoria Fletcher

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Building a Cohesive Residential Community at EF International Language Schools – Los Angeles: A Restructured Residence and Resident Advisor Manual, Yosefa Gilon

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Meeting the expectations of host communities: An examination of the cause of attitudinal change in host communities of study abroad programs, Philip (Yaw) Adu Gyamfi

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Clowns Without Borders in the Classroom: Teaching Children About Global Crisis, Dianna Beth Hahn

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Internationalization at Sonoma State University: Creating an International Education Strategy, Joyna Heinz

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Preparing For Life after Admission: An Alternative to Traditional Academic English Program Design, Rachel J.M. Ishiguro

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ESL Professionals Travel Seminar: Exploring Themes of Immigration and Education, Stephanie Jackson

Strategies to Improve Literacy: Adult Non-Formal Education Using Mobile Phones A West African Perspective, Leigh Jaschke

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Egypt: Urbanization and Development: Proposal for a Semester Program in Cairo, Egypt, Peggy Johnson

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A Study of the “Cultural Exchange Community” Residence Hall, Clemson University: Factors Influencing International and Domestic Student Intercultural Sensitivity and Development, Yuki Kihara