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With the growth of globalization and multinational corporations in the 21st century, higher education institutions need to ascertain that students are developing the competencies to adjust to and remain competitive in the rapidly changing and highly competitive global marketplace. Leaders in international education recognize the transformative nature of study abroad programs in developing students who become interculturally sensitive and intellectually prepared to take their place in the world. The most recent statistics from Open Doors indicates that the number of students participating in study abroad programs continues to grow as reflecting a 38 % increase from 205,988 in 2004-2005 to 329,339 in 2015-2016 (Open Doors, 2018). With this increase, it is crucial for stakeholders including students, administrators, faculty, and parents to find out interested whether a study abroad experience helps students to develop the skills needed for the global community and to succeed upon graduation. In the past, this belief was supported pointing out that consumers were looking for warranties that their investment in education would develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills for them to succeed upon graduation. Nowadays, educators and administrators in higher education are not only interested to know if an overall education is a fruitful expense but also if the investment in a study abroad program adds to skills needed for the competitive global market