Intercultural Engagement Through Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad: A Practitioner's Guide with Multidisciplinary Perspectives from a Public University


Priya Ananth (ed)
Seok Jeng Jane Lim (ed)


Faculty-led program, short-term study abroad, intercultural competence, global competence, intercultural engagement


The main objective of this edited volume is to offer pedagogically sound and creative ways of integrating elements of intercultural competence into class activities, tasks, and assignments in short-term faculty-led study abroad programs. The intercultural competencies, categorized in the areas of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, included characteristics such as awareness about self and other cultures, creative thinking, problem-solving, empathy, tolerance towards ambiguity, withholding judgment, to name a few. By purposefully embedding these characteristics in their course activities, faculty leaders could better assist their students in deepening intercultural and global competencies. These competencies prepared the students for a changing global work environment and helped them manage a more diverse workforce at home.  

This book is arranged into three sections. Section I provides the basic framework to understand short-term faculty-led study abroad programs both from a theoretical as well as administrative perspectives. Section II showcases 11 contributions from faculty leaders who share details regarding their programs demonstrating how intercultural competencies were strategically incorporated into the activities, tasks, and assignments of their study abroad curricula. Section III presents the conclusions with recommendations for faculty and administrators to plan and design short-term faculty-led study abroad programs. 

This book will contribute uniquely to the field by providing theoretically driven model courses from a broad spectrum of disciplines that would encourage the creation of new short-term faculty-led study abroad programs at the university level and empower current faculty leaders to strengthen or adapt their programs. The book will interest a broad readership of multidisciplinary study abroad educators, including faculty leaders, faculty leaders-in-training, faculty scholars, and administrators.  

--This book project received partial funding from the Digital Seed Grant program at the James E. Walker Library (MTSU) and the Office of International Affiars at Middle Tennessee State University (2022-2023).

--Publisher's Note: Each chapter has been editor and press reviewed, and the entire book has been externally reviewed by experts in the field as part of the quality review process. Indexed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).-


  • Preface and Acknowledgements
    Priya Ananth, Seok Jeng Jane Lim
  • Chapter 1
    Priya Ananth, Seok Jeng Jane Lim
  • Glossary
    Terms and Defintions
    Priya Ananth, Seok Jeng Jane Lim
  • Chapter 2
    Supporting Intercultural Competence Through Education Abroad at a Public University: Thoughts from Two Administrators
    Rehab (Rubie) Ghazal, Robert Summers
  • Chapter 3
    Intercultural Competence and Theoretical Framework
    Jason Lee Pettigrew, Priya Ananth
  • Introduction of Case Study Chapters
    Priya Ananth, Seok Jeng Jane Lim
  • Chapter 4
    Traveling a Thousand Miles: The Role of Education Diplomacy through Study Abroad in Early Childhood Programs
    Seok Jeng Jane Lim, Karen Nourse Reed
  • Chapter 5
    Creating Intercultural Learning Opportunities in a Study Abroad Japanese Culture Course
    Priya Ananth
  • Chapter 6
    Developing Learner Autonomy Through a Three-Week Learning Trip in Japan
    Mako Nozu
  • Chapter 7
    This Isn’t What I Expected in Cuba: Challenging the Imaginative Geographies of Students Through Study Abroad
    James Chaney
  • Chapter 8
    Cultural Immersion in France
    Nancy Sloan Goldberg
  • Chapter 9
    The Historic Preservation Approach: The Importance of Place and ‘Boots on the Ground’
    Stacey Graham
  • Chapter 10
    From One Music City to Another: The History of Western Art Music in Vienna
    Joseph E. Morgan
  • Chapter 11
    Intercultural Competency Education Via Food
    Tony V. Johnston
  • Chapter 12
    International Management: Exploring Educational and Cultural Immersion in the Chinese Environment
    Sesan Kim Sokoya
  • Chapter 13
    Experiential Learning in London: Evaluation of Study Abroad Learning for Criminal Justice Students
    Lee Miller Wade
  • Chapter 14
    Covering the Anniversary of D-Day in France: A Journalism Study Abroad Experience
    Christine C. Eschenfelder
  • Chapter 15
    Seok Jeng Jane Lim, Priya Ananth
  • About the Authors
  • Press Acknowledgements
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September 15, 2023

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