This edited volume brings together the perspectives of a diverse group of international scholars to explore the intersections of study abroad and social mobility. In doing so, it challenges universalist assumptions and power imbalances implicit in study abroad across the Global North and South, and explores the implications of COVID-19 for equity within study abroad programs, policy, and practice going forward.

Offering empirical, theoretical, and conceptual contributions, Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad foregrounds critical reflection on the stratification of access to study abroad and examines the varied outcomes of international study in relation to graduates’ entry into domestic and international labor markets. Focusing on the experiences and outcomes of students from varied backgrounds, chapters identify a number of power imbalances relating to student race, ethnicity, religion, local and international policies and politics, and put forward valuable recommendations to ensure greater equity within the field.

Against the backdrop of growing criticism over the power imbalances in international exchange, this text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in higher education, international and comparative education, and multicultural education. Those interested in educational policy and the sociology of education more broadly will also benefit from this book.

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages

Introduction—Study Abroad and Social Mobility

Access and Labor Market Inequality in a Post-COVID-19 World
ByChris R. Glass, Peggy Gesing

part 1|45 pages

Access to Study Abroad within and across Countries

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Power Imbalances

Inequality in International Exchange in the UK and Thailand
ByJayme Scally, Abigail Parrish, Piyachat Dhephasadin Na Ayudhaya

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Mobility of Muslim Students Seeking Higher Education: A Dream Fraught with Challenges

ByEnakshi Sengupta, Fahrettin Sümer, Andrew Ssemwanga

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Increasing Access to Student Mobility

Sustainable Study Abroad Programs at Rural Community Colleges
ByMichelle R. Lieberman, Dean Roughton, Mitchell R. Williams

part 2|76 pages

Study Abroad and Labor Market Inequality

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Employer Perceptions of Study Abroad

Subverting or Supporting Labor Market Inequality?
ByPeter G. Ghazarian

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages

Global Policy Impacts on Career Outcomes

An International Student Mobility Case Study
ByPeggy Gesing, Natalie Cruz, R. Jason Lynch

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

What Does It Take to Find a Job Today?

International Chinese Doctoral Student Perspectives on Domestic and International Employment
ByXin Zhao, Michael Kung

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

The Effects of Studying Abroad on Graduate Careers

The Case of Graduates from a Japanese University
ByMaki Kato

part 3|45 pages

Expanding Opportunity in Study Abroad

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

The Linguistics of English Colonialism in Study Abroad

Translating the Study Abroad Experience for Language Minority Students
ByZ. W. Taylor, Daniel Becton

chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

The Study Abroad Diamond

Examining the Facets of Supporting Student Mobility
ByErik Jon Byker, S. Mike Putman, Adriana L. Medina

chapter Chapter 11|10 pages

Alternatives to Study Abroad

Internationalization at Home as a Key Strategy to Providing Opportunities for Cultural and International Exposure
ByWeronika A. Kusek

chapter |2 pages


ByChris R. Glass, Peggy Gesing