In order to frame future lines of inquiry into student engagement of students attending U.S. colleges or universities and studying on university-approved programs outside of the country, we mapped the research base from 2002 (post-9/11) to 2020 (pre-Covid-19). By including qualitative studies and additional outcomes, we are enhanced prior literature reviews (e.g., Miller-Perrin & Thompson, 2014; Twombly et al., 2012; Varela, 2017).

We are in collaboration with Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, a leading open-access journal in international education, to publish a series of research-to-practice briefs using the AREA Database to center the knowledge and practice on enhancing study abroad experiences and outcomes for underrepresented students, with focus on African-American/Black students, Asian students, First Generation students, Hispanic students, and LGBT+ students.

To cite the AREA Database:

Brunsting, N. C., Kathuria, S., Bingham, W. P., Chiles, P. L., Harrison, J. K., Crippen, M. C., Katsumoto, S., Luo, J., Chen, A., Holmes, A., & Li, L. (2021). Academic Research on Abroad Education (AREA) Database.

The AREA Database is free-access your download and use. The first link is to the database used in our literature review; updated database; the second link is to the updated database.

AREA Database 2021 (Original)

AREA Database 2022 11 16 (Updated 11/2022)

AREA Database Demonstration Video