Effect of short-term study abroad programs on students' cultural adaptability

Susan C. Mapp, Elizabethtown College


The number of U.S. students studying abroad has been growing, particularly those participating in short-term trips. However, literature on the effect of these short-term trips is lacking. The purpose of this study was to assess quantitatively the effect on bachelor students' cross-cultural adaptability using a pre-post design. Significant changes were found on all subscales as well as on the total score, thus supporting the use of these short-term trips for this purpose. © 2012 Council on Social Work Education Inc. All rights reserved.