International education, particularly through study abroad experiences, has the potential of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. While challenging, it is necessary to translate aspirations of global citizenship into educational programs and assessing their effectiveness. A necessary step in such process consists in taking a close and critical look at the challenges and possibilities for the development of global citizenship through education abroad. In this paper, I follow a decolonizing autoethnographic approach to explore obstacles for the development of global citizenship through education abroad. If education abroad is to promote global citizenship and character development, I propose a more authentic engagement with the local culture s and a better understanding of globalization — before going abroad — is necessary
Autoethnography, Study Abroad, Global Citizenship, Globalization
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Ramirez, G. B. (2013). Learning Abroad or Just Going Abroad? International Education In Opposite Sides of the Border. The Qualitative Report, 18(31), 1-11. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol18/iss31/2