Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Heather Horowitz, Ed.D.

Committee Member

James Tweedy, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ed.D.


This thesis examines the need for a shift in the mindset behind education abroad programming. As the term global citizenship begins to appear in more university mission statements and institutional goals, education abroad programming should shift from a human capital mindset to one that promotes the values of becoming a global citizen. My intervention aims to foster global citizenship within students and give back to the global communities that partner with education abroad programming by incorporating a critical pedagogy of place. Students will learn what it means to be a global citizen and how to embrace these values by centering the needs of their local and global communities. This intervention aims to build the foundation of the global citizenship mindset within the pre-departure phase, offers an experience that will foster this mindset abroad, and continues to guide students on their global citizenship journey upon their re-entry to the home institution. The intervention aims to offer a leadership opportunity to students who want to continue their global citizenship journey and guide other students on this journey, as well. Shifting the mindset from human capital to global citizen will shift the role education abroad has in the future of higher education and the effect it has on the worldwide community.