Rural students are a historically over-looked group in study abroad. Frequently, they are also first-generation students, low-income students, and/or students of color. Generally, there is a lack of research on rural institutions and students. There is not one set definition of “rural” or “rural institution;” an institution may not be rurally located but may serve rural populations, and many institutions do not collect this type of classification demographic data from their students. With these challenges in mind, the conversations surrounding rural students in the study abroad field are only beginning. The IDEAS Program has the opportunity to be at the forefront of these discussions.
This webinar will feature several grantees who have targeted rural students as a population to increase study abroad participation through their grant-funded projects. They will focus on the unique needs and challenges of rural students, recruitment strategies of rural students in study abroad programs, and challenges in study abroad faced by rural institutions.