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The Convergence of Study Abroad Phrasing

Sarah Fuller


This paper is intended to highlight the case of how study abroad programs are portrayed online by universities. Despite great variety in location, structure, funding, length, and a number of other factors, the programs sound very similar in the way they are described by their websites. This isomorphism speaks to a trend that extends well beyond study abroad and into higher education in general, reflecting the perpetuation of a rapidly expanding world-culture, which despite its seeming anonymity emerges from the influence of supranational and international organizations and then is given local meaning that legitimizes its existence…

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