The World is My Book

If there's one thing I've learned about life, it's that everything is transient. I left my study abroad director position in 2013 because I had a great opportunity to live and work in Italy with my family. I loved my job at EIU and I loved my life in Tuscany, but in 2016 it was time for another change and we moved back to the U.S.  In 2017, I was divorced after twenty years of marriage, but my ex and I are good friends and that makes it easier on all of us. I have full custody of the boys, and ...
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How Traveling the World Made Me a Better Parent

The benefits of international experience on a resume are well recognized, but what about the other benefits? Can studying or working abroad enhance additional, seemingly non-related areas of your life? Personally, I have been amazed by all the ways my time abroad has made my life better, in particular and especially, in my experience as a new mother. Having a family was never on my bucket list—Europe and Asia were. My globe-trotting started with a semester abroad in college and morphed into ...
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Getting to Know Your On-Site Program Coordinator

As customized, faculty-led study abroad programs increase in popularity, the support behind these programs increases in sophistication.  Gone are the days that faculty find themselves in a foreign country for the first time, with a class of students counting on them for their well-being and as their tour guide.  Instead, many university study abroad offices are utilizing private companies that specialize in supporting university students and faculty abroad to provide travel planning and supp...
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Supporting Undocumented Students

Although studying abroad during college may be a feat for many students given time and cost considerations, there is one student population that encounters even more formidable barriers to study abroad -- students who are DACA recipients. In this post, you'll find a general overview of what DACA is, information about the extra steps these students must take in order to study abroad, as well as resources for more information about how to support these students. It is important to note that th...
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