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A globalized curriculum has the potential to prepare students in a way that equips them for whatever sport looks like in the future. Study abroad programs are one way to achieve this. The current study looked at two short-term study abroad programs (one to western Europe, one to South Africa), offered during the same semester at the same institution, comparing learning outcomes between students on the two trips. Utilizing a mixed methods design, students completed quantitative pre/post surveys and responded to qualitative, open-ended daily prompts while on the trips. Findings indicate that knowledge acquisition occurs in both programs; however, students traveling on a sport-focused service-based trip to South Africa had a more transformational learning experience than those traveling on a sport-business-focused trip to western Europe.
LeCrom, Dwyer, and Goebert are with the Center for Sport Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA. Greenhalgh is with the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management program, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA. Gellock is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL, USA.