Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

Education Abroad exists to support UConn’s global strategic objectives by providing accessible learning opportunities for students to become globally-minded and engaged critical thinkers committed to making an impact in their communities.

Vision

Our vision is a UConn global learning community in which everyone may engage in accessible, challenging, and safe intercultural experiences that advance:

  • evolving knowledge of self, others, and the world,
  • critical thinking and communication skills, and
  • inclusive attitudes and values.

Core Values

  • Collaboration: We aim to foster relationships of care and reciprocity within our office and among all of our partnerships on and off campus.
  • Diversity: We respect pluralism and embrace differences of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, physical or mental ability, culture, ethnic origin, national origin, veteran status, age, and socioeconomic or class status.
  • Equity: We seek access for every UConn student to the resources they need to participate in and learn from intercultural experiences.
  • Excellence: We seek to develop intercultural experiences of the greatest academic quality and professional relevance.
  • Well-being: We commit ourselves to the highest standards of health, safety, and risk management for UConn travelers abroad.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Evolving knowledge of self, others, and the world
    • Evaluation of core beliefs through cultural, ethical, and global self-awareness
    • Holistic understanding of global systems through analysis of other cultures, languages, and issues
    • Pursuit of lifelong learning through a constructive process of experience, discussion, and reflection with other people
  2. Critical thinking and communication skills
    • Ability to discern truthful information through critical listening to and judgment of different worldviews
    • Capacity to formulate authentic, committed, reasonable positions through the integration of multiple perspectives
    • Effective negotiation of intercultural ambiguity through fluent verbal and nonverbal communication
  3. Inclusive attitudes and values
    • Respect for human dignity through curiosity, empathy, and openness toward other people
    • Formation of an autonomous identity through ethical reasoning and personal and social responsibility
    • Leadership through active engagement within academic, civic, and professional communities