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Abstract

The millennial generation exists in one of the most dynamic eras in terms of global communications, exchange and commerce. Millennial Americans are also known more for pushing their language, religions, and customs rather than integrating with other cultures. Global citizenship centers on an individual’s cultural awareness and tolerance––something American schools alone cannot provide. Study abroad programs can bridge this gap and make enculturation fully tangible.

Study abroad programs have become increasingly more accessible to students, allowing them to gain a cultural perspective through direct immersion and experience. Both beneficial and consequential effects of study abroad programs will be addressed in this paper in order to identify what the advantages of these programs are, what needs to be altered or improved, and what is currently being done to fix the issues to make students’ time overseas the most constructive.

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