International Short-Term Immersion Study Tours: Gen Z, Curriculum, and Trauma-Informed Tours

Joseph Squillace, Adam Cassell


With rapid globalization and increased connection among people of the world in the 21st century, embedding global education in the curriculum is now key for interactions in the pluralistic world of today. short-term study abroad programs combine global curriculum with experiences in international settings. However, certain factors in our contemporary world may discourage faculty from considering running these courses. This article seeks to provide educators and college administrators with information about important logistics and curriculum to consider when planning and taking Gen Z’ers on a short-term study tour program, including incorporating trauma-informed concepts. This paper provides creative ways for faculty to develop short-term study tour courses, and integrates ways to assist a population of students (Gen Z’ers) that older faculty members may not be able to fully “relate” to, as well as ways to be cost-efficient and inclusive.


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