International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Value of a Study Abroad Experience for the Cayman Islands: Connecting and Reflecting
Dr. Kevin O’Mara, Dr. Arthur Cassill, Dr. Brian Chapell

This paper outlines a model for studying the impact of globalization utilizing an international study abroad model different from traditional approaches. The model, based on actual experiences, is incremental in execution while divergent in design. The paper provides key “on the ground” in-country components and valuable insights to preparing students prior to the actual international experience. The primary design assertion for the course is globalization is fundamentally a cultural phenomenon requiring significant in-country time to properly immerse students into that culture. A secondary design assertion is to focus the course around a single theme or industry, providing depth of content to complement the cultural immersion. The design relies heavily on establishing partnerships and close relationships with local universities that have the “connections” to provide a balanced, not convenient, representation of the country being studied. The model presented is highly versatile and can be adapted to other countries and situations.

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