Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Gobbo


This research reports the qualitative findings of a study on 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. While the study is limited, it provides data to support the idea that study abroad can influence students’ long term goals. Survey results of 211 alumni participants of the Rome study abroad program coming from 64 United States based colleges and universities show the various paths that students take after a semester abroad and how their experiences are still affecting them up to six years later. This capstone paper serves to contribute to the existing research about long-term effects of study abroad. It aims to provide material and insight for future studies related to the impact of study abroad programs and its influence on career and academic choices.


Education | Educational Sociology | International and Comparative Education