Since the 1960s, Japan has been a historical leading study abroad destination for US undergraduate students. This book explores the long-term impacts of study abroad through a lens of knowledge diplomacy and the cultivation of individuals with understanding of the host country and world through transformative international experiences. Based on extensive original survey data and interviews with alumni over nearly 50 years of the Japan Study Program, the book provides a historical perspective on the personal impacts of study abroad on academic, professional, and personal development. The author further explores knowledge diplomacy seen as the creation of an in-depth understanding of the host country, familiarity of the host region, and awakened consciousness of the world through subsequent life experiences.
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Part 1: Study Abroad’s Personal and Social Roles in the 21st Century
Chapter 1: Study Abroad as a High Impact Educational Experience in the Internationalization of Higher Education
Chapter 2: Study Abroad through the Lens of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power to Knowledge Diplomacy
Part 2: 50 Years of US Study Abroad Students in Japan
Chapter 3: Changing Dynamics of US Study Abroad in Japan from Past to Present
Chapter 4: Academic Pursuits and Yearning for Knowledge
Chapter 5: Professional Development and the Transfer of Skills Across Borders and Cultures
Chapter 6: Personal Transformation and a Lifelong Influence
Part 3: Study Abroad in the Age of Global Competition and Cooperation
Chapter 7: The Individual Outcomes of Study Abroad through a Transnational Lens
Chapter 8: The Contemporary Transnational Role of Study Abroad
This is a series that offers a global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.