What is it about?

Students can gain important career and life skills through participation in international education, but these opportunities are not equally distributed. This study focuses on the demographic characteristics of postsecondary students participating in two international education opportunities: internationalized coursework and study abroad.

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Why is it important?

This study's findings suggest that Black students experience formidable barriers to participation in international education, even when the experience does not involve international travel. However, lower-income students were more likely to participate in internationalized courses offered on their home campuses.


This article was a collaboration with a community college in the Southeast United States, and I very much enjoyed working with individuals at this institution while I developed this study. Because I worked so closely with people like the Director of International Education, they can take the results of this study and use them to improve their international education programs.

Melissa Whatley
SIT Graduate Institute

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This page is a summary of: Who enrolls in internationalized courses? An exploration of at-home access at one community college., Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, June 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000424.
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