Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry

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Presented by Penny Schouten in November 2009 to the Center for International Education at SUNY New Paltz

How can advisers in international education offices deepen the impact of study abroad?

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  • IES Alumni Survey Study Abroad for Global Engagement SAGE Group w/ Forum survey Career choice, improved work-related skills, maturity, confidence, problem solving ability, fluency, knowledge of culture, adapting to different cultural/social mores, dealing with difficult situations, Quote: “Studying abroad was a life changing experience. I became a global citizen, striving to understand the impact of my choices and actions on people, cultures and places beyond the scope of my experience.” (ID#7996, SAGE Survey, pg 54, http://www.cehd.umn.edu/projects/sage/Forum-SAGEPresentation.pdf) choice of major, higher grades, re-energized for academics, richer classroom contributions. Philanthropy, volunteerism, Quote: “I believe that my study abroad experience is a large part of the reason that I try to not to be "overly consumptive", e.g., recycling much more than most people I know, driving a small hybrid car, and not being part of the consumer society (I don't buy much outside the basic necessities, and am very happy with that).” (ID#7868, SAGE Survey, pg 57, http://www.cehd.umn.edu/projects/sage/Forum-SAGEPresentation.pdf)
  • Transcript: As we internationalize, and we have students from different countries, and we have students bringing back their experiences from abroad, and bringing all of their different heritages into the classroom, that means there's a greater diversity of perspective in the classroom, and everybody is stretched by hearing those different voices. We are in conversations across the campus with our faculty to see where there can be flexibility, how the curriculum can be modified in such a way that students can have time to study languages, and have time to explore different international topics that interest them, and especially have time to get away and study abroad. You start into these experiences thinking that you're going to gain this wonderful understanding about people that are different from you. But the individuals who probe most deeply, whether it's here on campus with these experiences or whether it's abroad -- I think the individuals who probe most deeply end up questioning American culture, questioning their own identity and looking at it in a different way, and certainly looking particularly at American culture in terms of what they value, and where they see we might need to make some changes. So yes, that questioning, that curiosity, is very much a part of everything we're doing with internationalization.
  • Foundation: Health & Safety, Education Abroad Advising PPW: Managing Short-term programs, Marketing study abroad programs CC Training: Hip Hop, Manga and Twitter-Learn to teach core intercultural and diversity concepts through Hip Hop and other tools Why Reentry Matters: Critical Lessons and Practical Advice Creating an Intercultural Training Toolkit: Matching Theory with Method
  • Belated re-entry program or cross-cultural exercises. RCC-international student workers and returned peer counselors gain new understanding of their program once they've worked in the office.
  • Participate:  NAFSA either volunteer spots or attending conferences-re energize SUNY or other consortium SUNY CIE   Home campus Host campus Know your community and it's needs
  • Provide a strong academic program Provide useful student services & resources
  • Smart way to use their empty student housing. Staff that the students come in contact with experience the program for themselves.
  • Along with what Katherine said before this illustrates how study abroad has become part of the campus fabric: Transcript: We could think about ourselves as a provincial, upstate New York university, but instead we see ourselves as a community of scholars and students engaged in the world, so that means that international topics pervade the curriculum. It means that faculty and students are out in the world. Faculty -- doing research, attending international conferences. Students -- volunteering abroad, studying abroad, doing internships abroad. Then there's an attitude here that we accept and welcome the diversity and the practice of different cultures that students bring with them. One of my favorite examples about that is that during the month of Ramadan, one of the Sodexho cooks gets up at 4:00 in the morning to cook breakfast for all the members of our community who wish to fast, and would like to have a hot breakfast before the sun rises. I think the first characteristic of Binghamton that has enabled us to do this is the work of the faculty. The faculty has embraced our internationalization efforts wholeheartedly. They have created innovative programs. They've modified the curriculum. They support and encourage the students to study abroad. April 21, 2008.
  • University of Minnesota and Michigan.
  • Team meets with host university reps during campus visits.   Possible visits by home campus to host campus.
  • RCC-Wintersession programs supported scholarships. Included as part of program fee, the charge covered increase in gas prices or exchange rate. If not used, it went towards scholarships for short term programs.
  • Ealing College of Higher Ed-locals knew if you were American, you were attending Ealing College. If they met you out in the community, they made recommendations on where to go, what to see, groups to join outside of campus. Organizations to join, volunteer, work on campus Millenials are civic minded, want to better the world in which they live.
  • Reciprocal evaluators-they could act as ‘independent’ reviewers for your school and you for them.
  • Non-credit: Washington University, St. Louis: http://artsci.wustl.edu/~overseas/predeparture.html Univ of Rochester: http://www.rochester.edu/College/abroad/programs/syllabus/fall/ Oklahoma State: http://ieo.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=147 Students go once a week for 5-7 weeks, gives them a chance to process and question.
  • Encourage student to actively participate on both sides of the study abroad program.
  • Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry

    1. 1. Weaving  Study Abroad  Into Your Campus Tapestry   Presented by Penny Schouten
    2. 2. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Introduction     How can advisors in international education offices  deepen the impact  of study abroad?
    3. 3. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Areas Impacted <ul><ul><li>Career Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Attainment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Discourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>List compiled from SAGE & IES Surveys </li></ul>
    4. 4. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Impact & Integration     Dr. Katherine Krebs, SUNY Binghamton http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v = AegaNugPuJQ
    5. 5. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Threads of the Tapestry <ul><ul><li>International Education Advisors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host Campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 1 - Advisors <ul><li>What can a study abroad advisor bring to the tapestry? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education & Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                 NAFSA Foundation Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>                  Professional Practice Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>                  Conference Sessions </li></ul><ul><li> Consular Visa Training </li></ul><ul><li>                  Technology Updates </li></ul><ul><li>                  Cross-Cultural Training </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    7. 7. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 1 - Advisors <ul><li>What can a study abroad advisor bring to the tapestry? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect & process their own experiences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of location & culture. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of administrative process (visas, insurance, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be a ‘go to’ person </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 1 - Advisors <ul><li>What can a study abroad advisor bring to the tapestry? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                    Participate in your community </li></ul><ul><li>                     Know your community </li></ul><ul><li>                    Know your programs & program staff </li></ul><ul><li>                     </li></ul>
    9. 9. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 1 - Advisors <ul><li>What can a study abroad advisor bring to the tapestry? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>             Student Evaluations (On-site) </li></ul><ul><li>             Student Evaluations (Home) </li></ul><ul><li>            Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practices </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    10. 10. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 2 - Home Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor incorporate the home campus to deepen the impact of study abroad? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get ‘buy in’ from all departments. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                 Elon University:  “So deeply is study abroad engrained in the culture at Elon that even the custodial and administrative staff has the opportunity to see London in January. “ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>(Internationalizing the Campus 2007, pg 22 pdf ) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    11. 11. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 2 - Home Campus                  &quot; Our students are getting the messages from above, below and sideways that this is an important value of the institution and one they ought to participate in.“ (Gerald Whittington, VP Finance, Elon University, Internationalizing the Campus 2007, pg 26 pdf ).    
    12. 12. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 2 - Home Campus <ul><li>Weaving the message into the campus culture: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>                    </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  Dr. Katherine Krebs, SUNY Binghamton </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_-b__yTixo </li></ul>
    13. 13. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 2 - Home Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor incorporate the home campus to deepen the impact of study abroad? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  University-wide Advising Commitee for Study Abroad </li></ul><ul><li>              </li></ul><ul><li>           Financial aid, Health Services, Registrar, Academic Department representative, Career Services, etc. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 2 - Home Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor incorporate the home campus to deepen the impact of study abroad? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>each program has a group made up of campus representatives familiar with it: academic advisors, career services advisor, registrar. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 2 - Home Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor incorporate the campus to deepen the impact of study abroad? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>                Funds from alumni donation or program fees? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 3 - Host Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad at the host campus? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-rounded program of academic and cultural opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                    internships, volunteer opportunities, social activities, independent time. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    17. 17. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 3 - Host Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad at the host campus? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-campus opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local community </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 3 - Host Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad at the host campus? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program/school has a group made up of campus representatives, familiar with US campus: academic advisors, health services, housing, registrar. Team meets with US university reps during campus visits. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                         </li></ul>
    19. 19. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 3 - Host Campus <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad at the host campus? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 4 - Students <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad for the student? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-departure preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                 Non-credit study abroad course </li></ul><ul><li>Washington University, St. Louis </li></ul><ul><li>University of Rochester </li></ul><ul><li>Credit-bearing study abroad course                  Oklahoma State </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Require certain courses before departure. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    21. 21. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 4 - Students Twitter poll: read from bottom upward
    22. 22. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 4 - Students <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad for the student? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration on both host & home campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>religious groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hobby groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sport groups </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Thread 4 - Students <ul><li>How can the international advisor deepen the impact of study abroad on the student? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-Entry Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference or Event Series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Readjusting to the USA </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explore international careers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find opportunities to go abroad again </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate graduate programs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to enter the field of international ed. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find teaching jobs abroad </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider international government careers in social justice & international public service </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>List taken from North Central College Study Abroad Re-entry Conference </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Weaving Study Abroad Into Your Campus Tapestry Resources <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dwyer, Mary. “ The Benefits of Study Abroad ,” Transitions Abroad, March 2004, http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0403/benefits_study_abroad.shtml </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IES Alumni Survey , https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Advisors_and_Faculty/alumniSurveyResultsFaculty.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NAFSA Internationalizing the Campus 2007 , http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/itc2007.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North Central College Study Abroad Re-entry Conference , http://northcentralcollege.edu/x47784.xml </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paige, R., Fry, G., Labrack, B., Study Abroad for Global Engagement: Results that Inform Research & Policy Agendas , February 19, 2009, http://www.cehd.umn.edu/projects/sage/Forum-SAGEPresentation.pdf </li></ul></ul>

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