1. They too heavily favor Western Europe.
Nearly two-thirds of all study abroad programs take place in Western Europe. Thought there’s nothing necessarily wrong with wanting to spend a semester in that area of the world, by providing this option far more than others, schools dissuade students from exploring countries and cultures with far more differences (and often far less privilege) than our own.
American education is already largely limited to lessons about the West. By encouraging mostly Western study abroad programs, we continue our habit of providing a mostly Western perspective of history and art.
Students can petition their universities to instead include programs that focus on sustainable, ethical travel through non-Western countries. Organizations like Global Service Learning have helped develop research that evaluates programs under these standards. Ask your university to ensure that their international programs follow the same standard.