Language Study Abroad Alumni Profile: Courtney Hale

Researchers at Penn State’s Center for Language Acquisition, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the American Councils for International Education have collaborated on a large-scale research project to explore the longitudinal effects of language learning and study abroad on career outcomes. The project, funded by the Department of Education’s International Research and Studies grant program, will share both survey results and alumni stories through academic publications, a general readership book, and Alumni Profiles.

Now Featuring: Courtney Hale

Courtney Hale, a Northern Arizona University alumna, shares her story of studying abroad in Japan and South Korea and how it has impacted her personally and professionally as she pursues graduate studies in secondary education.

“Gaining those experiences abroad, learning about what it’s like in a different country, and bringing that back home where I can help inspire other indigenous children… I want to be that kind of a leader for my students, and hopefully one day motivate them to go abroad and explore their options as well, because there’s no limitations.” – Courtney Hale


Courtney was interviewed as a part of The Careers of Language Study Abroad Alumni: A Comprehensive Investigation, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by Celeste Kinginger, Kevin McManus, Robert W. Schrauf, and Jingyuan Zhuang (Penn State University’s Center for Language Acquisition), in partnership with The Forum on Education Abroad and The American Councils for International Education. Video produced by WPSU-TV.

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