Language Study Abroad Alumni Profile: Alex Johnson

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: Alex Johnson

University of Minnesota alumnus Alex Johnson shares his story of studying abroad in the Dominican Republic and how it has impacted him personally and professionally throughout his career in the sports industry.

“There’s applicable knowledge that you won’t ever get from a textbook. You have to be there in the middle of everything in order to take it all in and be able to fully understand and appreciate it.” – Alex Johnson


Alex 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.