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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Dr. Alla Korzh


The study abroad world is constantly changing and adapting to the diverse needs of the global market. One current trend in France is the demand for students to begin studying abroad at a younger age, when many people believe it is easier to learn new languages and develop intercultural skills. Informed by needs assessment with members of the community at Saint-Denis International School, located in Loches France, I designed the short-term French youth exchange program. This three-week program will take place during the academic year and was designed for preadolescent students in 6th and 7th grade (ages 10 to 13). During the program, participants will stay with a host family, audit classes at a U.S. institution, attend intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, participate in extracurricular activities and field trips, and meet several times a week with a group leader to work on developing intercultural skills and personal growth.

Keywords: study abroad, preadolescent, youth, ESL, intercultural


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | International and Comparative Education | Language and Literacy Education | Secondary Education


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