Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Scott Gaier

Second Advisor

Todd Ream

Third Advisor

Tim Herrmann


The purpose of this study was to explore the possible connections between a student studying abroad and his or her attachment style. The research focused on students from a single university who participated in full semester study abroad experiences. This study was guided by the following questions:

  1. Is there a correlation between studying abroad and a student having a secure attachment style?
  2. Are there elements of a study abroad program correlated with a secure attachment style?
  3. How do students with different attachment styles reflect upon their study abroad experience?

The main results from this study indicated that students who study abroad tend to have a secure attachment style. Additionally, students with a secure attachment style were able to reflect more in depth upon their experience and exhibited greater overall gains from their semester abroad.