The “Delaware Experiment": 100 Years of Study Abroad

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In the aftermath of World War One, a young professor, Raymond W. Kirkbride, hatched a plan to prepare American students for life in an increasingly global society and to perhaps prevent a sequel to that war. What if young men (and women) could be trained for careers in international affairs, diplomacy and business while simultaneously being exposed to the culture, citizenry, and daily life of a foreign country? What if this could all take place over one systematically organized and supervised year abroad during their undergraduate career? Making his plan a reality led to the creation of the system of study abroad as it is known in America today and brought international recognition to the University of Delaware. As we celebrate the centenary of his vision, this exhibition explores the early years of that “Delaware Experiment.”


"The 'Delaware Experiment': 100 Years of Study Abroad" is a case exhibition curated by Library, Museums and Press staff in collaboration with University Archives. The exhibition will open in time for International Education Week on Wednesday, 11/8, and close on Wednesday, 1/31/2024. 

Friday, November 17, 2023

Morris Library, Near Entrance
Morris Library, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA

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Students, Global, UDabroad100



Center for Global Programs & Services, Library, Museums and Press



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Yuqiao Cao


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