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Internationalism, National Identities, and Study AbroadFrance and the United States, 1890-1970$
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Whitney Walton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762533

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762533.001.0001

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§ Internationalism and the Junior Year Abroad

§ Internationalism and the Junior Year Abroad

American Students in France in the 1920s and 1930s

(p.62) § 3 Internationalism and the Junior Year Abroad
Internationalism, National Identities, and Study Abroad
Stanford University Press

Study abroad is now a common component of higher education in the United States. It was Raymond W. Kirkbride, a young professor in the Modern Languages Department at the University of Delaware, who introduced the idea of a program for American undergraduates to spend one year of college at a foreign university. Junior year abroad programs further increased the already growing number of Americans studying in France in the interwar years. This chapter examines the junior year abroad as an educational and international innovation directly inspired by World War I. After the war, colleges and universities, organizations, and private citizens in the United States supported study abroad in hopes of achieving international understanding and world peace. The chapter also explores how student accounts of their personal and intellectual transformations helped shape the objectives and purposes of study abroad in American higher education and contributed to a new understanding of internationalism.

Keywords:   France, study abroad, United States, World War I, internationalism, higher education, students, Raymond W. Kirkbride, University of Delaware, junior year

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