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 2011

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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, Eliza 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

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Depth and Impact of Study Abroad: How Contact with the Host Country Can Strengthen Cultural Understanding, Khulood Kittaneh

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Evaluating Willamette University Language in Motion’s goals through community collaboration, Elizabeth Kowal

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Intercultural Communication in Action: Creating an Online Course for SIT Graduate Institute, Jessica Lindoerfer

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France: Language, Community, and Social Change Collaboration Between SIT Study Abroad and Tulane University, Wendy Mason

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The Intercultural Updates Program: Using Facebook for World Learning Alumni Engagement and Continued Learning, Megan McBride

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Encounter The Third World: A New Course Design For The Semester In Cuba Program, Katie McElhinney

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Intercultural Competence And Short-Term Study Abroad: Assessment Of Truman State University’s Program In Costa Rica, Rosa Virginia Mendez

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Robben Island Overnight: A Semester at Sea Faculty Directed Practicum Designed for Students to Examine the History of Apartheid, Hannah Mumma

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The University of Wisconsin-Richland Vertical Transfer Preparation, Tracee Neumann

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International Student Diversity at the Secondary Level: Admissions Guidelines for Success, Christine M. Niederberger

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Risk Management Policies Specific to Graduate Students Abroad: What Should Universities be Doing?, Allison Nyamuame

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Still Life Blues: Digital Storytelling and the Reentry Experience, Michael Roberts

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Searching for the “Abroad” in Study Abroad: Best Practices in Cultural Programming Initiatives in London-Based Study Abroad Programs, Margaret K. Walter

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Operacion Retorno: A Comprehensive Reentry Program Model For Fulbright Colombia, Beth West

Submissions from 2009

Reentry Workshop for International Students from East Asia, Yoko Anderson

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Who Are We? Where Did We Come From? And Where Are We Going? Decolonization In The Process Of Rehumanization, Aaron Manuel Cardona

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Reflections Of Morocco: A Pre-Departure Training For Student Soujouners Studying With SIT Study Abroad, Lynee M. Connelly

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Academic Success During Exchange Programs: Analyzing the Influence of Student Support Services and Examining Assessment Practices, Sara Friar

Recruiting with Purpose: A Program to bring Latin American students to Saint Martin’s University, Janelle Garcia Martinez

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Factors that Contribute to Long-Term Engagement in Poverty Alleviating Campaigns: A Study of Experiences, Julie Heinz

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Measuring Intercultural Sensitivity of Residents in the Holcombe International Living Learning Community at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Yukiko Ishikura

Cultural Differences in a Heterogeneous Community: The Challenges of Under-Represented Students in International Education, Claudeline Jean-Baptiste

Development of Asian International Students at a Community College in Seattle: Self-Perceptions and Worldviews, Kei Kasukawa

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Building an Intentional, Interdepartmental International Living Learning Community: The Case of Holcombe Hall, Caitlin O'Neal Kelley

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution: A Conflict Transformation Perspective, Kimberlye Kowalczyk

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Secondary Level Study Abroad for Global Citizenship: Where are we now and where do we go from here?, Danielle L. Lejnieks

Science Study Abroad For High School Students, Emma Lichtenstein

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A Comparative Analysis Of The Investment Climate In Russia And China: Chinese Lessons For Russia?, Tatyana Ligostaeva

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Piecing Together the Reciprocity Puzzle: A Participatory Approach for Cross-Cultural Education Programs, Laura S. Litwiller

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Advocacy for Undocumented Students: An Analysis of the Movement to Make the American Dream Within Reach, Kaetlin Miller

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Summer Internship In Sydney: An Internship Abroad Program For Western Michigan University, Joe Milostan

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Improving Quality through Training: A Program Design for Preparing Language in Motion Participants at Willamette University, Amy Niles

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Faculty perspectives on learning style differences of international students: A case study of campus internationalization, Namiko Ochi

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SAS Foodies: Developing Cultural Understanding through the Exploration of Foodways on Semester At Sea, Katelyn D, Osmond

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Exploring The World, Negotiating Racial Identity: Semester At Sea Students Reflect on a Global Voyage, Rachel Vera Paris-Lambert

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The Red Gate International Artist Residency Program: An Artist Mobility Program Proposal, Amertah E. Perman

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“There’s No Place Like Home”, But Am I Ready For It? International Students’ Re-Entry Transition Experience, Barbara Pilling

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Life in Dharamsala as Foreigners: Younger Generation Tibetan and US Study Abroad Voices in India, Erin Popek

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Four E’s of Engagement: Developing a Parent Engagement Strategy Within a Small-Scale Study Abroad Provider Organization, Ethan Ring

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An Exploration of International Student Attitudes Toward Participation in Multicultural Activities, Elizabeth Stewart

When in Rome: Cultural Extractions from Local Cuisine, the Learned Experiences of Trinity University Study Abroad Students, Tisha Whitney Temple

Reentry Adjustment of Azerbaijani FSA/Flex Program Alumni, Catherine A. Thompson

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A Qualitative Inquiry Into Zanzibar’s Pro-Poor Tourism Initiative, Jennifer Venecek

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“Siamo Ancora Quì?” or “Are We There Yet? “The Development of Intercultural Awareness on a Study Abroad Island Program in Italy, Carrie Wojenski

Submissions from 2008

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Impact of Study Abroad at the Secondary Level on Tertiary Educational Decisions, Lindsey Blumenfeld

What Do The Teachers Think? The Benefits And Challenges Of Teaching In A Global Classroom, Kathryn E. Bridge

Establishing Connections between International Education and Multicultural Education: A Case Study of a Small Liberal Arts College in New England, Margaret Coan

Study Abroad Blogs as Reflective Learning Tools, Jesse DeLaughter

Making and Creating Knowledge: Bringing International Education to U.S. Public High Schools through Global Learning Networks and Collaborative Media Projects, Marcella DeProto

A Complete Experience: Orientation and Reentry Curriculum for Putney Student Travel Excel China Program, Megan E. Featherstone

Study Abroad Returnees’ Seminar: Presbyterian College, Amanda Fletcher

The impact of financial accountability on program quality, Adrienne F. Fusek

The Montana/Kumamoto Sister State Relationship: A Case Study in Sister State Related College and University Level Exchanges, John Haines

BorderLinks Volunteer Program: Creating a Mutually Beneficial Design, Theresa Heath

Breaking New Ground: A Case Study of Curriculum Integration at Plymouth State University through Partnership with a Third Party Study Abroad Provider, Sarah Heminger

Starting A Career In International Education: International Education Professionals’ Perception Of Internships And Their Experiences, Yoko Hisano

Hemispheric Course For Teachers: The Inter-American Democratic Charter As An Instrument For Teaching Democratic Values And Practices: IADEC Course, Carla Jiménez

The Reentry Experience of Semester at Sea Participants: From a Global Shipboard Education Perspective, Kristen Kammann

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, Portland ME: Case Study and Recommendations, Nicholas D. Kjeldgaard

Responding To Current Educational Initiatives In Latin America: The Development Of A One-Year Operational Plan For Wide World At The Harvard Graduate School Of Education, Sandhya Klein

Assessment of Returner Programming at Pacific Lutheran University, Kristin Labs

Comparison of Refugee and International Student Experiences: Implications for Immersion, Lisa Maria Lindo

Contribution of National Program Agencies (NPAs) to public diplomacy goals of the U.S. Department of State, examining public-private partnership (PPP) through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP): Case Study: Delphi International, a Program of World Learning from 2002-2006, Daniel Pirbudagov

Participant Perceptions of the Longterm Outcomes of Shortterm Study Abroad Programs for Middle School Students: A Case Study of Educational Safaris, Erin K. Riley

If You Can’t Afford To Do It Right The First Time… A Study on Procurement Procedures for Action Against Hunger’s Philippines Mission, Barney Smith

Evaluating Saint Michael’s College Short-Term Program To Ghana For Impact On Students’ Personal Development Based On The Principles Of Transformative Learning, Samantha Rae Stanley

Completing The Study Abroad Cycle: A Reentry Orientation For Loyola Marymount University, Sonja K. Thorsvik