Study abroad programs are increasingly being seen by undergraduate students in the UnitedStates as a way to better understand culture, language, and technical information in aninternational context. But is there a reciprocal benefit to the students that interact with USstudents? What do our international partners gain when they interact with Americanstudents?One objective was to determine the impact of the program on MSAU students. Anotherobjective was to determine what the students learned in the program. This study focused oncollecting qualitative data from a cohort group of ten Russian students who participated inpilot study abroad project.Russian students indicated that they improved their language skills, knowledge of US cultureand had a greater understanding of their own agriculture as a result of this program.Students’ self esteem improved and their confidence in their ability to question was strongeras a result of the program. Russian students learned teaching methods that they will be ableto use in their future teaching activities.If the benefits gained from this program could be replicated in other parts of Russia, it couldserve as a model for change in Russian system of higher agricultural education.

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