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Center for Research on Abroad

and International Student Engagement


To understand and enhance the experiences, engagement, and development of abroad and international students

Guiding Questions

  • How can universities maximize engagement and growth of abroad and international students?
  • How can global competency increase engagement across cultures and backgrounds?


Team Publishes Scoping Review

A RAISE Center Team led by Nelson Brunsting published a scoping review titled “Mapping the knowledge base in study abroad from the United States: A scoping review from 2001 to 2021” in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. The review maps findings from the RAISE Center Academic Research on Education Abroad (AREA) Database. The article is accessible at this link.

Research-to-Practice Collaboration

The RAISE Center is collaborating with the Forum on Education Abroad, who publishes Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, to publish a series of research-to-practice briefs to enhance experiences and outcomes of underrepresented students abroad. The first special issue is available now and can be accessed here.
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RAISE Center Year-in Review

The RAISE Center Year-in-Review document highlights progress, products, and achievements of the RAISE Center and collaborators in Academic Year 2021-2022. Click here to download.

Brunsting appointed editor

Nelson Brunsting serves as the Editor, Special Issues for the Journal of International Students. Nelson previously served as Associate Editor. The first special issue, titled “Lived Experiences in an Era of Unprecedented Uncertainty and Challenges: New Voices from Intersectional Identities” is accessible here.
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Chiles selected as Millennium Scholar

Porshè Chiles, former Associate Director of the RAISE Center and current pre-doctoral fellow in the Agricultural Education and Communication program at the University of Florida, was selected as a Millennium Scholar for the 2021 cohort. Porshè will work with Dr. Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif to bring research to practice for globally mobile students.
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Zeng publishes research

Fanyi Zeng (WFU B.A. Psychology ’19), a student in the Psychology Master’s program, authored an article accepted to the Journal of International Students in June, titled “Biopsychosocial factors associated with depression among U.S. undergraduate international students.” The work was a collaboration between the RAISE Center, Wellbeing Assessment, and Psychology Department. Read more here.
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RAISE Center receives external funding

Nelson Brunsting, Director, RAISE Center, WFU (PI), Qiaona Yu, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, WFU, and Jon Smart, Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing, WFU, were awarded an International English Language Testing Service Joint-Funded Research Grant for their project, Investigating Linkages between International Students’ English Language Proficiency, Social-Contextual Outcomes, and Well-Being in U.S. Universities. The AU$70,000 award supports the project through June, 2022. Read more here.


Recent Publications

Bingham, W. P., Brunsting, N. C., & Katsumoto, S. (in press). LGBT+ students abroad: A review of the literature. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

Brunsting, N. C., Chiles, P. L., Harrison, J. K., Crippen, M. C., Kathuria, S., Bingham, W. P., Katsumoto, S., Chen, A., Holmes, A., & Li, L. (in press). Mapping the knowledge base in study abroad from U.S. universities: A scoping review from 2001-2020. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Zeng, F., Brunsting, N. C., Jayawickreme, E., Kiang, L., Kathuria, S., & Brocato, N. (2022). Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Depression among U.S. Undergraduate International Students. Journal of International Students, 12, 101-122.

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