The purpose of this study was to examine student demographic and academic characteristics to predict study abroad participation among students enrolled at a single community college in the U.S. Southeast. Results indicated that the study abroad participation patterns of students at this community college sometimes mirrored those of students in the four-year sector (for example, male students were less likely to participate), but that other patterns differed markedly (for example, part-time students were more likely to participate). These findings suggest that lessons learned from research on study abroad participation at four-year institutions cannot simply be applied to policy and practice in community college study abroad programming and that community college education abroad must be examined in its own right.
- At this institution, part-time students were more likely to study abroad than full-time students.
- Community college students representing a variety of race/ethnicity groups were equally as likely to study abroad.
- Community college students eligible for needbased financial aid were less likely to study abroad.
- Students with any declared degree objective, whether a transfer-focused degree, technical degree, or certificate, were more likely to study abroad.