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Integrating Study Abroad Into Your Students\' Academic Plans: The Vital Roles Academic Advisers Play
 

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This presentation shows what a vital role that university and collegiate academic advisers play in the study abroad process, including an overview of study abroad from a U.S. perspective, numbers, ...

This presentation shows what a vital role that university and collegiate academic advisers play in the study abroad process, including an overview of study abroad from a U.S. perspective, numbers, growth, key majors, the Simon Bill in front of Congress, how to work with faculty to support and promote study abroad, and how academic advisers can get more of their students and advisees to consider an international experience.

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    • Integrating Study Abroad Into Your Students’ Academic Plans
      The Vital Role
      Academic Advisers Can
      – and Should – Play
      Steve Luther
      Manager of Faculty and Academic Outreach
      AustraLearn – AsiaLearn – EuroLearn
      Educational Programs of GlobaLinks
      Westminster, Colorado
    • Today’s Session
      • Background,Data and Student Participation
      • Myths and Misperceptions
      • Challenges to and Strategies for Getting Students Abroad
      • Types of Study Abroad Programs – What’s the Difference?
      • Funding Sources – More than You May Think
      • The Senator Paul Simon Act
      • The Role that Academic Advisers Can Play
      • Spreading the Word to Students
      • Working with Faculty
      • Information Resources
      • Discussion
    • Study Abroad Student Participation
      1985 - Present
      Information from Open Doors Report 2008, Institute of International Education
      http://www.opendoors.iienetwork.org/
    • Study Abroad Student Participation
      2006-2007
      • Numbers
      • 241,791 U.S. students studied abroad – +8% increase from 05-06
      • 2% of U.S. collegiate student population – still
      • Duration
      • 55% short-term programs – 8 weeks or less
      • 40% mid-term programs – semester/quarter
      • 4% long term programs – year abroad
      • By Class Standing (UG)
      • 36%: Junior; 21% Senior; 13% Sophomore
      • Majority
      • Caucasian (82%), Female (65%)
      Information from Open Doors Report 2008, Institute of International Education
      http://www.opendoors.iienetwork.org/
    • Most Popular Destinations
    • Study Abroad Student Participation
      2006-2007 By Major
      • 21%: Social Science Majors (51,600; +6.5% vs. 2005-2006)
      • 19%: Business/Management (46,000; +17%)
      • 13%:Humanities (32,000; no change)
      • 8%:Fine/Applied Arts (18,500; +10.5%)
      • 7%: Physical/Life Sciences (17,600; +14.5%)
      • 7%: Foreign Languages (17,300; -1.5%)
      • 4%: Education (10,200; +12.5%)
      • 3%:Engineering (7,400; +13%)
      • 1.5%:Math/Computer Science (3,500; +8%)
      • 1.5%:Agriculture (3,500; +25%)
      • 3%: Undeclared (7,600; + 0.4%)
      • 6.5% “ Other Fields” (16,400; +2.5%)
      Information from Open Doors Report 2008, Institute of International Education
      http://www.opendoors.iienetwork.org/
    • Study Abroad Student Participation
      2006-2007 – NACADARegion 10
      By State
      Arizona (3,900 Abroad +4% vs. Prev. Year)
      Colorado (3,800 Abroad; +18%)
      Utah (2,800; +3%)
      New Mexico (870 Abroad; -1%)
      Wyoming (355 Abroad; +55%)
      (CA 24,000 Abroad; NY 19,000; PA 15,000)
      Total # Abroad Students Nationally, Doctoral Inst.
      #15 U. Arizona (1,777)
      #17 BYU (1,756)
      #26 Ariz. State (1,487)
      #36 CU-Boulder (1,159)
      (1 NYU 3,034; 2 Mich St. (2,801); 3 UT-Austin (2,172)
      By % of UG Participation Nationally, Doctoral Inst.
      #2 U. Denver (74%)
      Information from Open Doors Report 2008, Institute of International Education
      http://www.opendoors.iienetwork.org/
    • Challenges of Study Abroad
      at the University Level
      Is International Education Included in Your Institution’s Mission Statement?
      • 64%: Yes 36%: No
      Institution Actively Trying to Send More Abroad?
      • 75%: Yes 25%: No
      Institution Set Targets For Increasing Participation?
      • 63%: No 37%: Yes
      Biggest Challenges According to Study Abroad Advisers:
      • 82%: Rising costs for students to participate
      • 67%: Not enough home univ. scholarships, funding
      • 61%: Not enough staff to handle more students
      • 40%: Not enough interest from faculty to integrate study abroad into curriculum for credit transfer
      Information from The Forum on Education Abroad, State of the Field Survey 2008
      http://www.forumea.org
    • Common Myths and Misunderstandings About Education Abroad from Students
      Costs too much/no funding
      There’s no financing options or scholarships
      Will delay graduation
      Need to speak a foreign language
      No applicable programs for specific major – especially professional programs (Nursing, STEM fields, Education, Architecture, etc)
      Credit won’t transfer to degree
      Nobody to help me on campus
      Unsupportive faculty – or are they?
      Lack of opportunities for upper-division students or after undergraduate graduation
      How will this experience help me – currently or after graduation?
    • Reality Check: Causes of Why More Students Aren’t Going Abroad
      Can’t afford it – particularly in current economy
      Don’t know about – or apply for – scholarships
      Don’t find out in time – lack of campus outreach
      Nobody ever told them why or the benefits
      Disjointed campus process: runaround, bureaucracy
      Don’t know what to do/how to access
      Restrictive majors and/or academic departments
      Some faculty may say: “Can’t get a better education anywhere but here”
      Lack of institutional policies
      Lack of a dedicated study abroad office or coordinator
      Lack of support for students’ program
      Financial/institutional aid portability
      Public vs. private institutions – differing challenges
    • Explaining the Benefits
      2nd best thing a student can do while in school
      Open to all students – all majors
      Studying abroad = more employable
      Life-Changing – no matter how small
      Millions of $$$ of scholarships available
      Financial aid may very well be allowed to be used on these programs
      Credit can transfer back (specific to univ., dept policies)
      Meet students from around the world – future contacts – gateway to international travel and work possibilities
      Once-in-lifetime experience – hard-pressed to duplicate for the rest of their lives
      Strong U.S. dollar abroad (favorable exchange rates in many overseas countries)
    • Standard Student Study Abroad Process
      • Meet with campus study abroad office/coordinator
      • Attend campus study abroad fair (if held)
      • Meet with academic adviser or faculty adviser to plan the experience into their curriculum
      • Talk to their parents/others in decision process
      • Meet with financial aid office
      • Apply and gain acceptance to study abroad program of choice
      • Obtain required course approvals
      • Apply for scholarships
      • Attend pre-departure orientation
      • Go abroad!
      • Return home, share, sign up for alumni program
    • Scholarships: Millions of $$$ Available
      Home University Grants
      • Does your institution offer awards?
      • Is there a study abroad fee as part of tuition?
      Program Scholarships
      • Most independent programs offer scholarships, hundreds to $1,000+ Awards
      • Some Independent Sources:
      • Gilman: $6 Million in Funding ($4-5,000 awards) + $3,000 “Critical” Language Grants
      • Rotary: Award amounts up to $25,000
      • Fulbright: Many Programs, Millions in Funding
      • Boren/NSEP: Award amounts up to $20,000
      • Freeman Asia: Awards amounts up $7,000
      • Diversity Abroad.Com: 20 $1,000 Awards
      • Foundation for Asia Pacific Education (Colo.)
    • Federal Legislation: Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act
      Goal: Increase U.S. student participation to one million students annually
      • Increase participation in “quality” study abroad programs
      • Ensure diversity in student participation
      • Diversity locations – particularly developing countries
      • Make study abroad a cornerstone of higher education
      Funding
      • U.S. Govt to provide $80 million/year
      • 25% direct to students; 75% direct to institutions (85% of that toward scholarships)
      • Institutions apply to independent foundation for grants
      Information from NAFSA: Association of International Educators
      www.nafsa.org/simon www.nafsa.org/takeaction
    • Types of Study Abroad Programs
      Semester/Year: Exchange
      • 1:1, often pay home uni tuition
      • Limited, competitive, over-demand
      Semester/Year: Direct Agreement
      • Negotiated, usually lower overseas uni tuition
      • Student often has to manage own logistics
      Semester/Year: Program Provider
      • Comprehensive servicing
      • Takes the load off university, student
      Other Types
      • Internships…mostly for-credit, unpaid
      • Short-term and/or faculty-led
      • Volunteer or Service Learning
      • Degree earned overseas (grad school)
      • Peace Corps, Teach Abroad, etc etc etc
    • Study Abroad “Program Providers”
    • What aProgram Provider Can Do
      For students:
      • Offer multitude of program types, destinations
      • Almost always offer scholarships
      • Open access to all students
      • Arrange enrollment, program counsel, course selection and academic planning, logistics (flights, airport pick-up), insurance and student visa, in-country group orientation, add-on trips/tours, resident directors, 24/7 support
      For universities:
      • Work with faculties, though most focus on recruitment
      • Curriculum integration/matching
      • Bulk purchase/currency hedging to keep pricing down
      • Work with financial aid processes, arrange consortium agreements
      • Arrange faculty-led programs and exchanges, overseas site visits for advisers, faculty
    • What Role Can Academic Advisers Play?
      Academic advisers can play a vital role in the study abroad process with their students by:
      Promoting awareness
      Advocating the benefits
      Encouraging participation
      Planning study abroad into students’ academic programs
      Helping faculty members with curricular integration
      Partnering with campus study abroad offices and specific study abroad programs
      We’re all in this together, if we’re ever going to get more than 2% of the students abroad
    • Study Abroad as a Recruitment Tool
      for Academic Departments
      On Your Campus
      • Get to know your campus International Programs/Study Abroad office and staff
      • They do want to reach out to academic departments, but often are time-challenged or only make contact during a “crisis”
      • Is there an annual or bi-annual study abroad fair?
      • Is faculty/academic adviser training offered in study abroad?
      • Presentation/table at freshman orientation; homecoming; parents’ weekend; campus tour stop
      • Professional resources via NACADA
      In Your Community
      • High school recruitment events
      • College fair recruitment events
    • Spreading the Word to Your Advisees
      • Student email list-serv announcements
      • Links on your academic department website
      • Class announcements or presentations
      • Some provider organizations actively partner with academic departments for scheduled campus visits
      • Bulletin boards, departmental libraries
      • Students clubs and societies
      • Utilize study abroad alumni in your department
      • Recruitment tool for future majors
      • Is your dept using social media? Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc
      • Support the campus study abroad/international programs office by spreading word of events, info sessions, etc
      • Most would welcome the support/partnership
    • What if Your Department Doesn’t Have Study Abroad Options?
      Does your campus have a study abroad office/coordinator?
      • Can be a dedicated campus office or sometimes a faculty member
      Is there a faculty member in your department who is supportive/interested/curious?
      • Remember adjuncts, part-time lecturers
      Is there a campus process for study abroad?
      • Collaborative effort of multiple academic departments, financial aid office, registrar, other offices (career svcs)
      Resources for finding programs relevant to your students
      • Handout : NACADA study abroad resources
      • Helpful websites: studyabroad.com, goabroad.com, iiepassport.org, studyabroaddirectory.com, studyabroadfunding.com, studyabroadlinks.com
      • NAFSA secuss-L study abroad list-serv
    • Ideas: Working with Faculty
      Thoughts from an outside observer
      • Most faculty are at least casually interested in study abroad and some are tireless supporters
      • Faculty can suffer from lack of information about overseas programs and options
      • Curriculum matching (for overseas universities) key
      • Ideal: faculty-driven process for course approval and credit transfer
      • Most will usually allow at least a short announcement in their classes
      • Short-term, faculty-led programs are a good entrée to whet the appetite
      • The more rigorous the major, the less flexibility there is to integrate study abroad
      • Sell the benefits (sometimes it’s good to bring in outside expertise to help)
    • President Obama Said…
      On “the importance of encouraging young people to be internationally engaged” according to President Barack Obama:
      “I’d like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around the world, by supporting opportunities to learn new languages, and serve and study, welcoming students from other countries to our shores. That’s always been a critical part of how America engages the world. That’s how my father, who was from Kenya, from Africa, came to the United States and eventually met my mother.
      Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. We are reminded that we’re joined together by our pursuit of a life that’s productive and purposeful, and when that happens mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share. And that’s where progress begins.”
    • Questions/Discussion
      Steve Luther
      Manager of Faculty and Academic Outreach
      AustraLearn – AsiaLearn – EuroLearn
      Educational Programs of GlobaLinks
      Westminster, Colorado
      www.globalinksabroad.org
      800-980-0033 / 303-446-2214
      sluther@globalinksabroad.org