Best Practices

What to Look for in a Faculty-led Provider

Faculty-led education abroad programs continue to grow in number and popularity across US institutions. Short-term programs are now 63% of all study abroad, according to the latest IIE Open Doors data. As well, the number and types of organizations offering…
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Exploring the World…

Interest in faculty-led programs is coming from all over the field these days, attesting to the prominence of the faculty-led model in study abroad. Terra Dotta has recently published a nicely written overview of the advantages of faculty-led study abroad…
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Working with a Provider: The Questions of Cost

The first question many faculty and education abroad offices ask when working with a provider is: how much will my program cost? Of course, this is an important question. Yet it’s also a question that contains within it other questions–and,…
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COMPASS Newsletter, Fall/Winter 2016 Issue

Happy Thanksgiving to all. As you look ahead to next year’s programs, we hope you will find this issue of the Seminars International newsletter helpful. Our focus on planning for this issue is a look back to how planning for…
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Second Languages: Skills or Cross-Cultural Learning?

A task force at Princeton University has put forward an interesting proposal to change its general education requirements: all students would have to take at least one or two semesters of a foreign language, regardless of previous study. No-one could…
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Study Abroad and Employability: Do Students Understand it?

Martin Tillman of Global Career Compass has posted an intriguing essay on the question of a lack of student understanding regarding the links between study abroad experiences and employability. I have colleagues who have been discussing this topic with students…
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Travel Insurance – Worth Considering Again

Continued terrorist attacks abroad raise fears and bring up the issue of travel insurance–what is it, what does it cover, and is it worth it?  All good questions, and worth researching to be able to advise students and their families….
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Re-thinking the term “third-party provider”

You may have already read the brief written by Tony Ogden (now at Michigan State University) and published by AIEA last summer. However, if you haven’t, just below is an excerpt that contains interesting thoughts about working with organizations that…
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To include or not to include?: focusing on academics in short-term programs

I spent some time this winter traveling with some of our faculty-led programs. It was quite interesting to experience the programs on-site after spending time planning them on paper. I learned a lot about many aspects of the programs, but…
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“New” Risk Management Resources for Education Abroad

We all know the saying “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” This runs true even in education abroad. A few weeks ago, when NAFSA announced the free publication of two resources entitled “When a Reporter Calls”…
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