Investigating the Careers of Language Study Abroad Alumni
Researchers at Penn State’s Center for Language Acquisition, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the American Councils for International Education collaborated on a large-scale research project to explore the longitudinal effects of language learning and study abroad on career outcomes. The project was funded by the Department of Education’s International Research and Studies grant program.
Project Results and Outputs:
Preview the Quantitative Survey Results:
The careers of language study abroad alumni: Results and applications from a mixed-methods investigation (presentation given at the 2022 Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Conference, December 2, 2022)
Antonia Zunarelli, Indiana University alumna, studied abroad in Italy
Courtney Hale, Northern Arizona University alumna, studied abroad in Japan
Amelia Parenteau, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, studied abroad in France
Alex Johnson, University of Minnesota alumnus, studied abroad in the Dominican Republic
Read the book to learn more:
The Professional Lives of Language Study Abroad Alumni Available now!
|February 2019||Official Project Launch|
|January-April 2019||Ongoing Recruitment of Project Partners for Phase 1: Alumni Survey|
|February 11, 2019||The Forum begins social media promotion|
|February 2019||Partners begin email outreach to education abroad program alumni|
|March – May 2019||Ongoing outreach to education abroad program alumni by The Forum and partners (see Partner Info Packet for details)|
|June 1, 2019||Survey closed – 4899 respondents completed our survey! We look forward to sharing results with you soon.|
|Early 2020||Survey results published*|
|Nov. 2019 – Mar. 2020||Presentations at ACTFL, The Forum’s Annual Conference, AAAL|
|January 2020||Phase 2: Language History Interviews and documentary project begins|
|April 2021||Release date for Alumni Profile #1: Antonia Zunarelli|
|September 2021||Release additional Alumni Profiles + publish findings from study|
Colleagues with questions about this project can contact Amelia Dietrich, Director for Research and Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.