The purpose of this research was to explore four outcomes for students who participated in a study abroad experience during their secondary school Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) coursework; specifically, career determination, self-awareness, cultural awareness, and global competence. There were two distinct samples from which data were collected: (a) individuals who formerly participated in a secondary school AFNR study abroad experience and (b) a comparison group of similarly aged individuals without secondary school AFNR study abroad experience. Both groups were given a survey measuring number of countries visited, career determination, selfawareness, cultural awareness, global competence, and demographics. Results illuminate several trends worthy of further consideration, including AFNR travelers reported higher levels of global competency and cultural awareness when juxtaposed to the comparison group. Examining the relationships among variables, cultural awareness and number of countries visited yielded the strongest relationship. None of the correlations were statistically significant; therefore, potential conclusions are limited. From this exploration, encouraging both students and teachers in agriculture to explore opportunities for international study abroad, especially when programmatic objectives include student development of global competence and cultural awareness, is recommended.

Keywords: career determination, cultural awareness, global competence, self-awareness, study abroad

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