Relationships of Participation in Study Abroad Programs and Persistence, Degree Attainment, and Time-to-Degree of Undergraduate Students in the U.S.

  • Emmanuel Jean Francois Ohio University
Keywords: Participation in study abroad, persistence, degree attainment, time-to-degree, international education


The purpose of this study was to assess the predictive effect of participation in study abroad and earned credits abroad on persistence degree attainment, and time-to-degree of undergraduate students. The analysis was based on the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) and the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B), which are national data sets maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of  Education. The analysis accounted for student characteristics, academic preparation, social integration, and academic integration. The findings revealed that participation in study abroad and earned credits abroad positively affected persistence and degree completion of undergraduate students in the U.S., and are associated with shorter time-to-degree.