World Learning

Publication Date

Winter 2002


The inaugural issue of the SIT Occasional Papers Series, titled “About Our Institution” (Spring 2000), was dedicated to telling the story of World Learning by providing a comprehensive view of this fascinating organization. For many, World Learning is a difficult organization to grasp, given its various divisions and its continually changing nature. In fact, a defining characteristic of the institution has always been its ability to adapt readily in response to changing conditions and needs throughout the world. World Learning is truly a one-of-a-kind institution. This becomes clear as one learns more about its activities and the principles on which they are based. World Learning will continue to innovate and provide transformational experiences as long as it is responsive to the world’s ever-changing needs in its own creative, dynamic, and interculturally sensitive way, while keeping true to its mission. This third issue focuses on one aspect of World Learning – its Study Abroad Programs. This unit, administered through the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, has provided academic mobility programs around the globe for over a quarter century – in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean region, and in other parts of the world – furthering the institutional mission by providing intercultural academic experiences for college students. Several general articles introduce the Study Abroad Program, followed by a collection of articles representing a sampling of some of the work accomplished by college undergraduate students participating in Study Abroad Programs. In the last section (Other Items of Interest), a summary of “Study Abroad Activities” provides further information about the range and scope of these activities. Finally, “Selected Publications on Study Abroad” are included to familiarize newcomers to this field with some of the relevant literature of the field. Our hope is that this publication will help the reader learn about the Study Abroad experience and its effect on student participants and the quality of their essays and research papers.