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The demand for a global educational experience has increased with the rise in diversity worldwide. Employers are seeking individuals with the hard and soft skills needed in today’s cross-cultural environment. This research explores the similarities and differences in benefits and concerns regarding study abroad programs for traditional and adult non-traditional students. Initial primary and secondary research suggests that traditional and non-traditional students share some similar concerns about studying abroad, but are capable of receiving the same benefits. Educational itineraries and shorter travel times were identified as positive contributors to adult students’ willingness to participate in study abroad programs. Franklin University’s Study Abroad Task Force will use the results of this research to support the recommendation and the roll out of study abroad programs university wide.

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Study Abroad: Do Adult Non-traditional Students and Traditional Students Receive the Same Benefits and Have the Same Concerns About Studying Abroad?