Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Student Loan Forgiveness For Students Who Study Abroad - A #GenerationStudyAbroad #IIESummit2016 Idea By Sanford Ungar

The past three days I was at the IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit 2016 in Washington, DC and it was excellent!  I strongly encourage you and your colleagues to consider attending the 2017 Summit and if your institution or organization hasn't already done so please consider joining the 700+ Commitment Partners from across the globe who have joined the Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad.

There were too many great sessions at the Summit to choose from but the ones I attended were informative, engaging and thought provoking and I plan to post some thoughts I left with from the Summit.  One idea I found to be very interesting came from Sanford J. Ungar during the closing plenary.  Sanford Ungar is a leading proponent of study abroad and during his tenure as President of Goucher College he set forth a policy in 2006 requiring all undergraduate students at the school to study abroad before they graduated.  He also wrote a great essay in Foreign Affairs magazine entitled 'The Study-Abroad Solution: How to Open the American Mind' in March/April of this year and I encourage you to check it out.

During the closing plenary of the Generation Study Abroad Summit yesterday, Mr. Ungar suggested that there should be student loan forgiveness for students who study abroad!  While there are many variables that need to be sorted out should such a policy take hold but I fully support this idea.  Student loan forgiveness for students who study abroad would have broad reaching implications and this idea is certainly worth further exploration.

What are you thoughts on student loan forgiveness for students who study abroad?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts or, better yet, if you are on Twitter please tweet your thoughts using the following hashtags: #GenerationStudyAbroad  &  #IIESummit2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Design Thinking and Increasing Study Abroad Participation #GenerationStudyAbroad

I'm here at the IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit and it's been great so far!

At the morning plenary I was reintroduced the the concept of Design Thinking but this time applied to the idea of increasing the number of U.S. students who study abroad.  It was fascinating to hear the speakers from The Design Gym talk about design thinking and study abroad.  Specifically, Generation Study Abroad Summit attendees were asked to participate in the Generation Study Abroad Design Thinking Challenge and answer the question "How do we rebrand and modernize study abroad to meet our goal [of doubling the number of U.S. students who study abroad]?

Throughout the Summit, attendees will be introduced to Design Thinking tools of:

  • Empathy Building
  • Idea Development
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Storytelling

I really liked that The Design Gym and IIE had large cards that allowed attendees to add their ideas.  This really added an interesting and collaborative environment to the Summit and one that added great value.  If you are attending the Summit and haven't yet added your thoughts please take a moment and contribute!

Free Webinar: Student Mobility in Higher Education, 2:00 pm CST on October 27, 2016

I've been invited to be on a panel for an upcoming free webinar entitled "Student Mobility in Higher Education" hosted by the Journal of International Students scheduled for 2:00 pm CST on October 27, 2016.  I'm really looking forward to the discussion and if you are interested you can learn more below and follow the links to register for the webinar.

Free Webinar: Student mobility in higher education, 2 pm CST on October 27, 2016

The next conversation, titled “Student mobility in higher education” will be at 2 pm CST on October 27, 2016.

The following scholars/experts have agreed to be speakers for this event:

Dr. Anita Gopal, University of Maryland, College Park;
Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser, George Washington University;
Dr. Diana Carlin, Saint Louis University;
Dr. David Comp, University of Chicago Booth School of Business;
Dr. Eunjin Hwang, Sam Houston State University

Here is the registration page: (FREE)
Please mark your calendar.

Host: Journal of International Students

Please save/click this link to join the conversation. YouTube Link (Live)

You can review future webinars from this site:

Disclosure:  I serve as an Assistant Editor/Copy Editor for JIS

IIE #GenerationStudyAbroad Voices Video Challenge Winners Announced at #IIESummit2016

Last night at the IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit in Washington, DC the winners of the #GenerationStudyAbroad Voices Video Winners were announced/.  Great videos!  Congratulations to Colette Ghunim and Devin Sommer.  You can see their videos below:

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, D.C. from October 23-25, 2016 #GenerationStudyAbroad @IIE_Summit

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review of "A Student Guide to Study Abroad" by Nevadomski Berdan, Goodman & Taylor (2013) #GenerationStudyAbroad

Following is a brief and long overdue book review that I've been wanting to do since early 2014!

When I attended the IIE Generation Study Abroad Think Tank back in 2014 I (and all other participants) received a copy of the book A Student Guide to Study Abroad by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan (International Careers Expert), Allan Goodman (IIE President and CEO), and Sir Cyril Taylor GBE (AIFS Founder and Chairman) and Published by IIE and AIFS in 2013.

A Student Guide to Study Abroad is an excellent read for any student considering study abroad as well as those who have already made the choice to do so.  The book walks students through the entire study abroad process from determining if study abroad is right for the them, to selecting a study abroad program and understanding the financial implications, to immersing oneself in the host country culture and staying safe and healthy while abroad to returning home and highlighting one's growth from the study abroad experience.  If certain chapters are not relevant to a student they will certainly find value in the other chapters of the book as they navigate through their study abroad experience.  A list of the book chapters follows:

Chapter 1:  These are Global Times
Chapter 2:  Determining if Study Abroad is Right for You
Chapter 3:  Choosing a Program
Chapter 4:  Figuring Out the Financials
Chapter 5:  Preparing to Study Abroad
Chapter 6:  Immersing Yourself in the Culture and Personal Growth
Chapter 7:  Staying Safe and healthy While Studying Abroad
Chapter 8:  Making the Most of Your Time Abroad
Chapter 9:  Transitioning Back to Life in the States
Chapter 10:  Using Study Abroad to Showcase Your Global Growth and Learning
Afterword:  Advocate for Greater Global Awareness Everywhere

What I really like about this book is that it offers excellent advice for both parents and practitioners in addition to students.  Note that IIE does have a companion book entitled A Parent Guide to Study Abroad (in English and Spanish) and I'll be posting more on this publication after the upcoming IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit in Washington, DC.

I'm happy I have this book in my home library as I have three children who will study abroad as they are part of #GenerationStudyAbroad and this book will be incredibly helpful to them once they are all a bit older.  If you are interested in learning more about and perhaps purchasing a copy of A Student Guide to Study Abroad you can do so via the IIE website here.

Back in May of this year I also wrote a review of the book I really liked entitled Raising Global Children by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan which you may find of interest.  You can read that review here.

Disclaimer:  Aside from receiving a free copy of A Student Guide to Study Abroad at the IIE Generation Study Abroad Think Tank I receive no financial gain nor any other form of compensation for this review.