Tag Archive: short-term study abroad

Standing Together

For the past 49 years, Seminars International has been committed to working with education abroad, alumni, performing arts groups, and faith-based groups as they teach and learn across borders. We are committed to the idea that interacting with other cultures…
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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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Teaching Against Islamophobia

I have written several posts over the last year about safety and terrorism–both subjects never far from the thoughts of international educators these days. But there are other ways to approach the issue of terrorism, and this recent article from…
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Faculty-led Program Research: Asia Institute Short-Term Programs Report 2016

As a new academic year gets off the ground, it’s interesting to read some of the trends and highlights of faculty-led programs in Asia from Asia Institute’s Short-Term Programs Report. The Asia Institute is a program provider for faculty-led courses…
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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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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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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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