Honors Projects


In college, studying abroad can be a way for students to gain cultural exposure while learning about a part of the world that interests them. Like study abroad programs, there are also study away programs that offer similar experiences but are based in the United States. Today, those who are new to college/university communities and are choosing between these experiences are members of Generation Z. Currently the largest generation, those in Generation Z are future thinkers with drive to be very financially responsible (Harland Clarke, 2017). This study aims to find out what first-year Honors College students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) know about study abroad programs and study away programs. Specifically, the study was designed to figure out what the students know about BGSU’s study abroad set up, what they know about study away programs, how growing up during the 2007-2009 recession affected their economic and educational decisions, and which type of program the students think will be most beneficial to their post-graduate lives. The study found students were familiar with the study abroad set up at BGSU as well as with study abroad programs. The students were largely unfamiliar with study away programs and most of the students tied their memories from the 2007-2009 recession to affecting their economic and educational decisions. Answers varied on which experience students thought would be most beneficial to their post-graduate lives.


Journalism and Public Relations



First Advisor

Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes

First Advisor Department

Political Science

Second Advisor

Dr. Terry Rentner

Second Advisor Department

Journalism and Public Relations

Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2019