The Benefits and Challenges of International Education: Maximizing Learning for Social Change

  • Aryn Baxter


This chapter examines several prominent rationales for funding international scholarships in light of a changing global higher education landscape. Drawing on existing studies of international scholarship programs and learning abroad research that illuminate individual-, institutional-, and societal-level outcomes, it affirms the potential of immersive international learning experiences to play a significant role in advancing social change. At the same time, it argues that existing research challenges some of the assumptions that have traditionally undergirded support for international scholarships—particularly for students from the Global South—and calls for re-envisioning the role of international universities and the design of scholarship programs to maximize their contributions to social change.


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  • Aryn Baxter
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  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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