Honors Projects


Jay PrengerFollow


The purpose of this project is to answer the following research questions:

1). What benefits of doing a study abroad are most impactful in a BGSU undergraduate student’s decision on whether to study abroad?

2). What are the most significant barriers for students of taking action to study abroad at BGSU?

I will be generating primary data from interviewing undergraduate students and analyzing the data using statistical tools. I will use this data to figure out which groups of benefits and which groups of barriers are most impactful for different demographic groups so I can provide insightful recommendations to policy makers in the education abroad office. Using BGSU as my research context, I have developed a questionnaire to administer to 100 undergraduate students to obtain the data and used Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory to tie the data with theory-backed support. I also researched study abroad benefits and barriers across other American universities to help me develop an adequate questionnaire. Also, since there were not many Covid-related barriers that have been fully studied, I am contributing my own background to develop new research in terms of how impactful Covid-19 was to BGSU undergraduate students' perception of barriers related to this specific virus.


Honors Program


International Business

Second Major


First Advisor

Dr. Man Zhang

First Advisor Department

Business Education

Second Advisor

Akiko Kawano Jones

Second Advisor Department

Asian Studies

Publication Date

Winter 12-7-2022