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OPEN DIALOG: Towards Organizing
Study Abroad Europe-Wide
EU Associations Berlin November 2015
CIEE Annual Conference - Ber...
Facilitator
Stephen Robinson, Champlain College Dublin (ASAPI)
Presenters
Pia K. Schneider, Iowa State University in Italy...
SESSION AIMS: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe-Wide
To explore the potential for a Europe-wide study abroad
associat...
CURRENT STATUS
AACUPI - ITALY
AAEC - AUSTRIA
AAECG - GREECE
AASAP - GERMANY
AASAP - UK
ASAPI - IRELAND
AAUP - CZECH REPUBL...
STUDY CASE
EU Associations Berlin November 2015
GEOGRAPHY
AACUPI
AUCSAPUAF
APUNE
AASAP-UK
AAECG
AAEC
ASAPI
AAUP CZ
AASAP-DE
EU Associations Berlin November 2015
SURVEY EUROPEAN ASSOCIATIONS
Q3: Problems You Currently Face ?
• IMMIGRATION issues
• Legal and fiscal matters, US law to ...
THE WORLD & EUROPE: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe - Wide
EU Associations Berlin Nov 2015
53% of 289’408 students ...
STUDENT NUMBERS in COUNTRIES WITH ASSOCIATIONS:
EU Associations Berlin Nov 2015
EUROPE: Open Doors' student numbers
UK IRL...
EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS
TOP 25 DESTINATIONS OF U.S. STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS, 2011/12 - 2012/13
Rank Destination 2011/12 2012/1...
EU Associations Berlin Nov
Albania 20 17.6
Andorra 0 0.0
Armenia 26 30.0
Austria 2,673 0.6
Azerbaijan 46 820.0
Belarus 7 -...
LEGAL MATTERS: Towards a Common Legal Framework for Study Abroad Programs in the EU Union
• The European Union lacks rules...
AACUPI and IRPET Cases: ITALY
“the need to give additional weight, analysis and form to the American and
Canadian flow of ...
APUNE - The Spanish Case (2006)
Motives in Spain
• Familiarization with North American programs by Spanish authorities
and...
Table 10: Approximate total in-country expenditures resulting
from US students attending study abroad programs in Spain in...
AACUPI survey results (Italy – 2012)
from expenditure to economic and occupational impact in 2012
Program Expenditures
Agg...
Where do we go from here?? An opportunity to rethink Europe…
OPTIONS INCLUDE ….
• Not really needed. Do nothing. Drop the ...
Key questions for discussion
• Were you aware of the various national associations and what information
was new to you in ...
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Open Dialogue: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe-Wide

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Many European countries are creating study abroad associations that represent and support their members, serve as a platform for shared information and staff training, and support those who impact the study abroad experience. Today, several of these country-specific organizations are working together to organize study abroad across the region. During this session, we’ll explore the benefits of a comprehensive organization of national associations, including how it can assist with promoting, facilitating, and reinventing study abroad in Europe.

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Open Dialogue: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe-Wide

  1. 1. OPEN DIALOG: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe-Wide EU Associations Berlin November 2015 CIEE Annual Conference - Berlin November 2015
  2. 2. Facilitator Stephen Robinson, Champlain College Dublin (ASAPI) Presenters Pia K. Schneider, Iowa State University in Italy (AACUPI) Gian Franco Borio – legal counsel to AACUPI (represented by Joanna Maddux) Kurt Gamerschlag, Association of American Study Abroad Programs in Germany (AASAP e.V.) Mónica Pérez-Bedmar, Association of American Programs in Spain (APUNE) PANEL: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe-Wide EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  3. 3. SESSION AIMS: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe-Wide To explore the potential for a Europe-wide study abroad association or network of country associations to represent and support professional staff and programs based in Europe. Possible issues for an association: • Immigration issues (EU Lobbying?) • Staff training, development, jobs and support • Title IX, Clery and other legal issues • Europe-wide financial impact studies • Internships • Student health and welfare support, promotion of best practices EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  4. 4. CURRENT STATUS AACUPI - ITALY AAEC - AUSTRIA AAECG - GREECE AASAP - GERMANY AASAP - UK ASAPI - IRELAND AAUP - CZECH REPUBLIC APUAF - FRANCE APUNE - SPAIN AUCS - SWITZERLAND EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  5. 5. STUDY CASE EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  6. 6. GEOGRAPHY AACUPI AUCSAPUAF APUNE AASAP-UK AAECG AAEC ASAPI AAUP CZ AASAP-DE EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  7. 7. SURVEY EUROPEAN ASSOCIATIONS Q3: Problems You Currently Face ? • IMMIGRATION issues • Legal and fiscal matters, US law to non US soil • Recognition of US programs by local government • Internship, exchange students, exchange programs • Need to obtain educational oversight (National accreditation) • Collaboration with local universities Q4: Matters to Address on a European Level ? • IMMIGRATION matters, facilitate visa/resident permits/student mobility Note: immigration system differs from EU, concerns (unfortunately) only to be addressed in UK … • Labor law matters • US legislation enacted in EU – Clery, Title IX, VAWA • Visibility of the US study abroad reality (numbers/economic impact) • Cross border research/collaborations/partnerships between institutions • Share good practice, curriculum design • Socializing/networking
  8. 8. THE WORLD & EUROPE: Towards Organizing Study Abroad Europe - Wide EU Associations Berlin Nov 2015 53% of 289’408 students = 154’182 students in Europe 2014 Opendoors data:
  9. 9. STUDENT NUMBERS in COUNTRIES WITH ASSOCIATIONS: EU Associations Berlin Nov 2015 EUROPE: Open Doors' student numbers UK IRL CH SP CZ IT D GR F A UK IRL CH SP CZ IT D GR F A TOTAL 36210 8084 1572 26281 3552 29848 9544 2394 17210 2673 137368 UK IRL CH SP CZ IT D GR F A TOTAL 30000 6000 750 25000 2084 20000 1000 1600 15000 2600 104034 Students officially enrolled in the National Associations count 104’034 (67,5%)
  10. 10. EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS TOP 25 DESTINATIONS OF U.S. STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS, 2011/12 - 2012/13 Rank Destination 2011/12 2012/13 % of Total % Change WORLD TOTAL 283,332 289,408 100.0 2.1 1 United Kingdom 34,660 36,210 12.5 4.5 2 Italy 29,645 29,848 10.3 0.7 3 Spain 26,480 26,281 9.1 -0.8 4 France 17,168 17,210 5.9 0.2 6 Germany 9,370 9,544 3.3 1.9 9 Ireland 7,640 8,084 2.8 5.8 16 Czech Republic 3,477 3,552 1.2 2.2 24 Austria 2,657 2,673 0.9 0.6 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES with ASSOCIATIONS host a: TOTAL of 131’097 students Versus 53% of 289’408 students = 154’182 students in Europe EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  11. 11. EU Associations Berlin Nov Albania 20 17.6 Andorra 0 0.0 Armenia 26 30.0 Austria 2,673 0.6 Azerbaijan 46 820.0 Belarus 7 - Belgium 1,297 -0.2 Bosnia and Herzegovina 52 -36.6 Bulgaria 71 -40.8 Croatia 245 28.9 Cyprus 157 -3.1 Czech Republic 3,552 2.2 Denmark 3,302 14.8 Estonia 80 27.0 Finland 294 14.8 France 17,210 0.2 Georgia 75 92.3 Germany 9,544 1.9 Gibraltar 1 - Greece 2,394 -11.4 Hungary 938 37.5 Iceland 280 10.2 Ireland 8,084 5.8 Italy 29,848 0.7 Kosovo 20 25.0 Latvia 4 -55.6 Liechtenstein 0 0.0 Lithuania 104 57.6 EUROPE HOSTS TOTAL 154,182 students (Open Doors data, 2014) Luxembourg 340 -7.9 Macedonia 18 100.0 Malta 126 -5.3 Moldova 9 12.5 Monaco 6 50.0 Montenegro 1 -80.0 Netherlands 2,637 6.1 Norway 551 37.8 Poland 520 -7.5 Portugal 197 -6.6 Romania 287 40.7 Russia 1,562 -12.1 San Marino 0 0.0 Serbia 86 68.6 Slovakia 28 12.0 Slovenia 49 2.1 Spain 26,281 -0.8 Sweden 1,238 14.3 Switzerland 1,572 -6.4 Turkey 2,037 2.5 Ukraine 102 -22.1 United Kingdom 36,210 4.5 Vatican City/Holy See 1 -94.1
  12. 12. LEGAL MATTERS: Towards a Common Legal Framework for Study Abroad Programs in the EU Union • The European Union lacks rules and regulations for study abroad programs • Goal: a legal EU framework could favor and facilitate “Campus Europe” • Primary Issue: Immigration Regulations: – Different regulations in each European country does not favour mobility – Students are not “immigrants” – Streamlined visa for all European countries ?? • US Regulations versus European Regulations: – Title IX and Clery Act – Protection of data • Employment Rules • Tax Regimes • Bologna Process • Internships • FACTA and Financial Matters EU Associations Berlin Nov 2015
  13. 13. AACUPI and IRPET Cases: ITALY “the need to give additional weight, analysis and form to the American and Canadian flow of academic tourism, and to the structures utilized by North American study abroad programs, underlining fully the economic, cultural, and organizational aspects withinTuscany” • 1991-92- 23 programs in Florence = 42 billion lires • 2000- 76 programs in Italy (10.000 students) = 548 billion lires [direct expenditures 334 billion + indirect expenditures 214 billion] • 2008- 134 programs = 397 million euros
  14. 14. APUNE - The Spanish Case (2006) Motives in Spain • Familiarization with North American programs by Spanish authorities and institutions (“doble filo”) • Lobby effect • Security, health and welfare, border issues • In general, elimination or negotiation of barriers Realizations • Reassess practices to good practices • Importance of collaborating between institutions of both countries. • Increase our value Results (2006) • Program expenditures, students consumption, visitors • Student spent 907€ monthly, which amounted to 5.4 million annually (only APUNE students).
  15. 15. Table 10: Approximate total in-country expenditures resulting from US students attending study abroad programs in Spain in the academic year 2012-2013 (Euros) PROGRAM LENGTH NUMBER STUDENTS PROGRAM ITEMS & SERVICES ADDIT. STUDENT SPENDING PERSONNEL COSTS TOTAL AMOUNT Semester 19,500 3,831/student 74,704,500 total 2,220/student 43,290,000 total 14,763,840 132,758,340 Quarter/8- weeks 8,515 1,915.50/student 16,310,482.50 total 1,100/student 9,366,500 total 25,676,982.50 Summer/ Jan. Session 22,220 1,211/student 26,908,420 total 555/student 12,332,100 total No local staff 39,240,520 TOTALALL PROGRAMS 50,235 117,923,402 64,988,600 14,763,840 197,675,842 € Results of 2012-13 Survey
  16. 16. AACUPI survey results (Italy – 2012) from expenditure to economic and occupational impact in 2012 Program Expenditures Aggregate Expenditures Student Expenditures Visitor Tourist Expenditures Impact in Italy Added Value: €544.4 M Jobs Created: 10,454 Regional Impact Latium: €221.8 M - Jobs 4,196 Tuscany: €156.1 M – Jobs 3,126 Rest Italy: €166.5 M – Jobs 3,132 Program Expenditures Student Expenditures Visitor Tourist ExpendituresProgram Expenditures Student ExpendituresProgram Expenditures Student Expenditures Visitor Tourist ExpendituresProgram Expenditures Student Expenditures Visitor Tourist ExpendituresProgram Expenditures Student Expenditures
  17. 17. Where do we go from here?? An opportunity to rethink Europe… OPTIONS INCLUDE …. • Not really needed. Do nothing. Drop the idea. • Keep talking and plan follow-up meeting (Forum – Athens?). Encourage other European countries/regions to develop associations. • Set up a working group to explore issues and way forward. Develop a network listing of interested parties. Develop a financial impact survey. • Develop regular (annual?) meetings or conferences for Europe-based staff to explore issues of common interest. • Set up a formal structure and association – to be legally incorporated, with regular meetings and a board. Lobbying Brussels. Funded by member subscriptions. EU Associations Berlin November 2015
  18. 18. Key questions for discussion • Were you aware of the various national associations and what information was new to you in this presentation? • As a US representative, what is the biggest issue you face regarding European study abroad and how could a Europe-wide association help • How can a greater European organization of national associations assist in promoting, facilitating and reinventing study abroad? • What are the benefits of a greater association and how can such a network help Europe to stay competitive in a global industry of study abroad? • What should be the immediate aims of any Europe-wide association? • What should be the aims for 5-10 years from now? EU Associations Berlin November 2015

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