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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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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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Ethical Service-Learning: Are you practicing it?

Last week, I attended an interesting session at the NAFSA Region IV conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on the subject of ethical service-learning abroad. Service-learning is such a trend at the moment. We have inculcated the current generation of students…
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Volunteering Abroad: Relationships Matter

Volunteering abroad, particularly volunteering on a short-term basis, has long been a subject of discussion in the study abroad community.  The practice is on the increase yet questions and controversy abound. It is helpful to the organizations and people on-site?…
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Best Practices for Faculty-led Courses – NAFSA’s International Educator Weighs In

NAFSA’s new issue of International Educator includes an article on “Best Practices for Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs Abroad.” It’s a well-done, comprehensive article–touching on all aspects of developing and administering faculty-led programs. After years of being part of a consortium for…
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