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Title:The Reality and Multiculturalism of ACES Study Abroad
Author(s):Rong, Zhi Ling
Subject(s):ACES Study Abroad
cultural differences
RHET104C S08
Abstract:Throughout of research project, I discovered many issues that are involved in ACES Study Abroad programs. In order to do my project, I interviewed the Dean of the ACES Study Abroad, analyze the texts of ACES studying abroad, survey couple of students, and search some related information from the IDEALS and UIUC library. After all these methods I have done, I was able to write my research paper with tons of information on my hand. I divided my paper into six different parts; introduction, cultural diversity and multiculturalism of studying abroad, family issues/background of study abroad, cultural differences, finding one’s own heritage when study abroad, and conclusion. After the research, I found out that the mission of ACES Study Abroad Program is to help students for global citizenship, guiding them to a greater understanding of world and domestic cultures. ACES Study Abroad also increases the sense of multiculturalism for the students by providing many different countries for students to study abroad. I also found out that most of the minorities, especially African American students are not able to study abroad due to their family financial problems and their parents’ conservative thinking that studying abroad is not safety and it is big step to let theirs to study far away from them. After this project, I investigated that some students don’t want to study abroad because of cultural differences and barrier. They are afraid of that they do not know how to communicate with other people whose cultures are completely different from them. Also most of the students tend to study abroad to a place that is not too foreign them. They want to study abroad at a place that they can find their own heritage.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhet 104, Ethnography of Race and the University, Instr. Samantha Looker: In this course, students take the writing skills that they built during Rhet 103 and apply them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolves around how race is represented and lived on university campuses, and specifically on our own campus here at UIUC. Students ground themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then move on to research related issues on our campus. Students will choose a research question related to race to answer in your final research project. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on your firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, students final research project will include several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts.
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-09

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.
  • Globalization and the University
    This collection examines the influence of globalization on the university and the university's place in a burgeoning world market for higher education.
  • Student Learning
    This collection examines student learning both in and beyond the classroom.
  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.

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