Among the findings from GLOSSARI, the Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative:
- Students completing study abroad programs show improved academic performance in subsequent terms
- Study abroad students have higher graduation rates
- Study abroad improves academic performance for at-risk students
However, as the Chronicle's article "7 Signs of Successful Study Abroad Programs" notes, as few as 1.5% of American college students study overseas each year. The cost of participation in study abroad programs remains a key barrier for students. We asked Wendy Williamson, director of study abroad at Eastern Illinois University, for a few strategies for keeping study abroad affordable without sacrificing the quality of the learning experience.