Study Abroad and Cultural Learning Through Fulbright and Other International Scholarships: A Holistic Student Development

  • Madalina Akli Rice University, United States
Keywords: study abroad, global citizen, student advising, scholarships

Abstract

This article focuses on one piece from the complex puzzle of internationalization, namely the intercultural learning during education abroad. It departs from a critical reflection on American student applications for the Fulbright program and uses the application process for Fulbright scholarship as a lynchpin for other study abroad scholarships for American students. It shows how the stages of before, during and after education abroad can be comprehensively integrated into a holistic process of student development in American universities. This process has the ultimate goal of helping American students function in an international context and redefining their world view to encompass the notion that cultures can be understood relative to one another.

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Author Biography

Madalina Akli, Rice University, United States

Madalina Akli is the Assistant Director of the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research at Rice University (Houston, Texas). She advises students on study abroad scholarships and international research opportunities. She graduated from Rice University with a PhD in French Studies (2007) and a M.A. in Linguistics and Translation from Sorbonne University (2001, Paris, France). After graduation, she worked as an Assistant Professor and taught classes on French language, culture and society. 

Published
2013-01-01
How to Cite
Akli, M. (2013). Study Abroad and Cultural Learning Through Fulbright and Other International Scholarships: A Holistic Student Development. Journal of International Students, 3(1), 1-9. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/513
Section
Research Articles