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400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage

Anyone remembering their American history knows that after a harrowing voyage from England, the Pilgrims arrived in November 1620 on the tip of Cape Cod in what is now Massachusetts. There they established one of the first permanent British settlements…
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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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Closing the Study Abroad Divide: Part II

Back in January, we featured three guest posts from Bradley Feuling, Chairman and CEO of The Asia Institute, based in Shanghai, China. As their work with US colleges and universities expands, Brad is delving deeper into the reasons some university…
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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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Group Airfare: Pros and Cons

Air arrangements are a key component of any faculty-led education abroad program. Like other aspects of program logistics, it’s worth thinking through how airfare contributes not only to program cost but also how it may affect individual student experiences and…
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