Re-entry: Four tips for helping students cope

While adjusting to life abroad may be rough, coming home is often even harder for many students, especially after a life-changing study abroad experience. Here are four strategies that I have used to help students prepare for the difficulties of returning home. 1. Talk about it. This strategy may seem obvious, but is often ignored. Plenty of talk goes into preparing students to go abroad both officially at pre-departure orientation and unofficially as friends and family share in students'...
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Pre-Departure Orientation: A Faculty Led Essential

Pre-Departure Orientation is arguably one of the most important, yet often overlooked or glazed over aspects of a faculty led abroad program. It is essential not only for the students, but for the benefit of the leaders. It is a time to set the tone for the program, lay out expectations, procedures and for faculty leaders to get organized and address any concerns or questions. Where to start? Plan ahead!  Coordinate with your study abroad office on dates and times for meetings with ...
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Payment Technology That Makes Cents for Group Travel

Before a group can enjoy a faculty-led trip, there is the issue of the logistics: finalizing group size and coordinating payment. For professors and faculty members bringing a group of students abroad, managing these logistics can be a daunting task - daunting enough to deter some faculty from signing up to lead the trip. Professors do have resources they can leverage to help manage this; many engage a travel agent to book group travel to help ease the logistics of planning the trip. In fact...
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Creating Access to Global Education 2015 @ UT-Austin

The 2015 edition of the University of Texas at Austin's Creating Access to Global Education Symposium, which took place on September 25, 2015, focused on opening up student access across Latin America. While difficult to believe, the most recent Open Doors Report for the 2012-13 academic year indicates that 26,281 students from U.S. institutions of higher education studied abroad in Spain alone, while only 8,701 more (34,882) studied abroad in the entirety of Spanish-speaking Latin America. ...
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