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School of Divinity


Religious Studies


cultural intelligence, higher education, study abroad


Missions and World Christianity


Cultural intelligence (CQ) is an emerging field in a globalized world. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, study abroad opportunities at higher educational institutions have become widely-accepted means for developing students’ CQ. While a number of variables seem to impact CQ development through study abroad programs, one variable seems as yet to have been largely unexplored. This research examines anonymous archival data from juniors in Liberty University’s Global Studies program during the spring semesters of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 to observe a potential pattern that suggests the role of a study abroad host-culture on the student’s CQ development. Though lacking the substantial qualitative or statistical analysis necessary for conclusive results, the observations made in this study strengthen calls for the further exploration of the impact of cultural distance between home and host cultures on the change in CQ.