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When you think of studying abroad, visions of exotic locations and wild adventures come to mind. However, have you ever thought about the process before going abroad? This study examines the steps and programs offered to a student before going abroad. The research process involved examining existing literature about the study abroad process and what programs are offered at Illinois State University. Two interviews were conducted with students who have already studied abroad and one interview with a student who is about to study abroad. Further investigation included reviewing blogs and examining the data through narrative analysis. The research findings concluded that the mentor needs mentorship and the study abroad program repeats the same information from past events.


Final project report submitted as part of Anthropology 302, Ethnography, with Dr. Gina Hunter. Fall 2014