Vanessa Ricci

Research Project

A Critical Examination of the Advantages of Young Adults Engaging in International Study Abroad Programs


My name is Vanessa and I am a fourth-year Professional Communications student, minoring in Public Relations. My academic journey has taken me through Toronto Metropolitan University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I’ve strengthened my interests in Marketing, Public Relations, Media, and Communications. These fields ignite my passions and drive me to explore innovative ways to engage audiences and shape narratives. Through my studies and experiences, I aim to use the power of effective communication to make meaningful connections and drive positive change in the world.

Research Summary

Having recently returned from a five-month study abroad program in the Netherlands, we were motivated to research the larger background and academic literature surrounding the advantages of international education and experiences. Studying abroad has received significant attention through educational research, primarily for its beneficial impacts on the development of young adolescents in cultural competence, personal growth, and professional skills. In our world, cross-cultural communication and collaboration have become increasingly important for personal and professional success. As students begin to understand their identities, the experience of studying abroad provides a platform for self-reflection and realization as they face unique challenges. We chose to research these benefits to further prove how studying abroad is a valuable opportunity that is highly looked upon in society.

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