3 Tips for Discouraging Excessive Student Drinking Abroad

by Angelita Williams, Online College Courses A recent study shows that American students who study abroad consume twice as much alcohol in their host country as they would at home. The reasons for this are fairly obvious. For one, America is alone in having a legal drinking age of 21, and a good portion of American students are under the legal drinking age when they set off on their study abroad adventure. Thus, alcohol is a novelty, and the "forbidden fruit" is finally available to them ...

Handbook for Intercultural Competence

I recently had the opportunity to review The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence edited by Darla K. Deardorff. With 29 chapters, 542 pages, and 45 contributors, it isn't the kind of book you read once and pass along, and it isn't taken lightly either. It's the ultimate guide for fostering intercultural competence, the ability to communicate successfully with people from different cultures. More like a textbook, this significant piece of work thoroughly covers the most important reason for...

Me, EDUESPAÑA & the World Cup

The University of Salamanca at night.
by Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad, Eastern Illinois University This summer, I was invited to participate in the 2010 Educational Program for US Higher Education Institutions. This program is intended for study abroad program administrators and foreign language professors, who may be interested in creating and/or expanding faculty-led programs in Spain. Its primary goal is to introduce a select group of educational institutions in Spain to those who are not familiar with th...

Faculty Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Kathy Bower on canopy tour at Monteverde, Costa Rica
This year I was awarded a sabbatical by Eastern Illinois University, where I am a professor. I choose to pursue studies in my field of research, environmental sustainability, in a developing country so that I can compare sustainable community planning of developing and developed countries. Since I speak only English, I also need to learn the language of the country where I am doing the research. I chose to come to Costa Rica, a developing country of Central America. I am being generou...