In his 2009 address to Congress, President Obama stated, “Our children will compete for jobs in a global economy that many of our schools do not prepare them for.” If Pk-12, community colleges, and universities are not preparing students to compete in a global economy, then experiences outside of school play a larger role in this process. According to the National Survey for Student Engagement (2007) study abroad is one of the best ways to provide a high-impact college experience that leads to significant and personal and intellectual growth (Mullens and Cuper 2012). Study abroad programs, either sponsored by a school or private company prepare students for employment in a global economy by providing learners with opportunities for firsthand experiences developing intercultural relations and honing foreign language skills. However, not all students have equal access to this type of experiential international education.
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