Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Randall Dodge

Second Advisor

Scott Moeschberger

Third Advisor

Skip Trudeau

Abstract

As the Latino population increases in the United States, developing a better understanding of Latino students’ experiences within higher education benefits both the student population and those interacting with these students. Due to the limited research literature focused on the experiences of Latino students going abroad, the researcher aspired to contribute to the literature about Latino students. By using a phenomenological qualitative framework, the study intended to offer a deeper understanding of the study abroad experiences of Latino students. The study revealed that a community of learning, relationships, and the need to continue diversifying student groups impacted the identity develop of Latino students. Faculty and staff of study abroad programs and those who work specifically with Latino students are able to gain a deeper understanding of the unique experiences of Latino students.

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