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

Living-Learning Communities: Impacts on Exchange Students' Social Integration, Sara Alhakam

Risk Management for Secondary School Study Abroad Programs, Marley Aloe

Global IMPACT: A Service-Learning Course for Semester at Sea, Karen Bajda

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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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Setting Expectations: An Onsite Orientation for Intern Abroad Programs in London, Ilse B. Damkoehler

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Closing the gap: How the Global Ambassador Program aims to provide social acclimation support for the international student community and increase retention rates at Roger Williams University, Rebecca A. Downey

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Reframing SEA Semester®: A Model Living and Learning Program in Education Abroad, Katharine W. Enos

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

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Exploring Service Learning in Study Abroad: An Evaluation of The Umbra Institute’s Urban Spaces Course, Lisa M. George

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

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North Dakota State University Study Abroad Strategic Plan: Enhancing Student Mobility for the 21st Century, Krysta Gorder

The Freshers' Study Abroad Program: A Fall Matriculation Program for Admitted Students at the University of Tokyo, Daniel Hegedus

Recruitment of ESL Students for the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Allison Heine de Romero

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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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Yes Means はい, Oui, Sí: Cross Culturally Competent Sexual Assault Prevention for International Education Programs, Tara Jorgensen

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Wildcats International Neighbors: Bridging International Students with Local Community at Northern Michigan University, Manato Kaisho

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

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Mi cultura, Su cultura: A Cultural Exchange Program for Central College, Whitney J. Longnecker

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Comprehensive Approaches to Health and Safety: A Program Design Context, Dan Loughrey

The Rachel Corrie Leadership Studies Fellowship, Justin Mauger

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Long-Term Impacts and Outcomes: SIT Study Abroad, Marianne McGarrity

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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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The Culture Conundrum: Training Faculty and Staff for Effectively Working with International Students, McKenna S. Pencak

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Enhancing Student Learning Outcomes Through Increased Predeparture Preparation for Study Abroad, Catherine J. Raleigh

Romani Studies: Exploring Gypsy Culture and Society Program Proposal for Barcelona SAE, Priya Randhawa

Friendship Family Program: Community Integration at the Center for Marine Resource Studies, Molly Roe

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A Holistic Approach to Homestay: A Homestay Program Proposal for CATS Academy Boston, Nora Salmon

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Pushing Forward: The Climate for LGBTQ Student Advising in Study Abroad of South Carolina, Alexandra Seay

From Citizen Diplomacy to National Security: Reraming the International Visitor Leadership Program, Meghan Simpson

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INVESTigating India: A Strategic Recruitment Plan for Indian Students, Alana Stuart

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Incoming Erasmus Student Orientation: An In-country Orientation Program for Incoming Erasmus Students Studying at Istanbul Bilgi University, Ayla H. Ugur

The Floating Classroom: Best Practices Teaching on Semester at Sea, Rachel Vaughn

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Corporate Social Responsibility Enrichment Exchange Program, Deborah Waggoner

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Volunteering and Social Development Across Cultures: A Credit Bearing Course for the Alliance for Global Education's Global and Public Health Program at Manipal University (India), Katie Jo Walter

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Learning Intervention in a Language Immersion Program: An Orientation Redesign, Giulia Witcombe

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Intercultural Communication in Brazil: An Approach to Engage Multicultural North Dakota State University Students in Study Abroad, Allison Wright

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