The God Business (a study abroad story)

by Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad, Eastern Illinois University One of the reasons why I like working in the field of study abroad is that study abroad changes lives! It changes minds, but it also changes hearts, as people learn more about themselves and better understand each other. Sure, there are some students who study abroad for the wrong reasons, but there are plenty who go abroad for the right reasons, too. More importantly, study abroad represents a turning-point for...
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Internationalizing Higher Education: Capitalizing on Leadership, Citizenship, and Scholarship

by Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad, Eastern Illinois University As I was going through my files over the weekend, I found this great paper I wrote about 10 years ago. It won the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Roberta Christie Research and Writing Award in the year 2000. Surprisingly, it’s still apropos, so I thought I’d share an updated version once again. Enjoy! The rise of affordable intercontinental transportation, international trade and investment opp...
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The History of Faculty-led Study Abroad

by Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad, Eastern Illinois University When overseas travel became more accessible through advanced technology, infrastructure, and communication, and tourism boomed as an industry, study abroad at US colleges and universities was born. Within a larger context of adventure and tourism, travel opportunities began not for students to earn academic credit, but for the entire university community to ensue personal edification. In his book, A History of US S...
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Faculty-led Study Abroad: Most Popular

Short-term study abroad programs (summer, January term, or eight weeks and less during the academic year) are the most popular among college students. In fact, fifty-six percent of US college students choose short-term study abroad over mid-term and long-term options (IIE Open Doors 2009 Fast Facts). While it is unknown exactly how many students participate in faculty-led study abroad, some studies suggest it is about seventy percent of all those who participate in short-term programs. Facult...
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