Globalization and Study Abroad: An Illusion of Paradox

  • Richard Falk
  • Nancy A. Kanach
Keywords: Globalization, Study abroad


As we reflect upon the benefits of study abroad we should also bear in mind the special nature of such programs in settings outside the developed world. In the United States and other comparably-situated countries, the opportunity to study abroad enhances an already sound educational program. This is different from the conception of study abroad that leads developing countries to allocate scarce resources to fund foreign scholarships for their young people.

Such journeys overseas are conceived to be investments in the future, but they are not without their risks. Among the uncertainties associated with this very different orientation to “study abroad” are such issues as “brain drain” and political back-lash, which are beyond the scope of our inquiry. But we should not ignore the very different motivations that foreign students may have in choosing to study here, while we consider the benefits (and risks) of having American students participate in programs of comparatively short-term study abroad.


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Author Biographies

Richard Falk

Richard Falk is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1961. His books include Predatory Globalization: A Critique and a forthcoming volume entitled Religion and Humane Governance to be published in 2001. 

Nancy A. Kanach

Nancy Kanach is Director of the Study Abroad Program and the Associate Dean of the College at Princeton University. She has a Ph.D. in Russian literature from Cornell University and has taught at both Cornell University and Princeton University. 


“Toward an International Education Policy for the United States,” NAFSA: Association of International Educators and The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, February 22, 2000, found at

Richard Riley, “The Growing Importance of International Education,” comments delivered on April 19, 2000, found at http://www.
How to Cite
Falk, R., & Kanach, N. A. (2000). Globalization and Study Abroad: An Illusion of Paradox. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 6(1), 155-168.