Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
- Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities - Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge)
- The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad - Higher Education and the Quest for Global Citizenship (Routledge)
- Higher Education and International Student Mobility in the Global Knowledge Economy (SUNY Press)
- The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development (SUNY Press)
- Developing Intercultural Competence and Transformation (Stylus Publishing)
- Driving Change Through Diversity and Globalization-Transformative Leadership in the Academy (Stylus Publishing)
Additionally, NAFSA members are eligible for discounts on cross- cultural resources from the Intercultural Press which I imagine will have a booth in the exhibit hall again this year.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Session title: Assessment Toolbox for International Educators
Where and when: Los Angeles, California on May 28, 2009
Conference: NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference
The University of Chicago - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Darla K. Deardorff
Duke University- email@example.com
Dr. Elaine Meyer-Lee
Saint Mary’s College - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Victor Savicki
Western Oregon University- email@example.com
Dr. Lee Sternberger
James Madison University - firstname.lastname@example.org
Session handouts and presentation copies are available here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Erika has previously posted to IHEC Blog as a guest blogger and you can access her post entitled “Unintended Consequences of Internationalization” here.
While I'm on the topic of Citizen Diplomats...if you haven't already taken 30 seconds to sign the Global Citizen Diplomacy Initiative petition to President Obama please visit here. The Global Citizen Diplomacy Initiative is a project of The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.
Monday, May 18, 2009
The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act is included in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 (H.R. 2410)
Here’s a statement from NAFSA: Association of International Educators Executive Director and CEO Marlene Johnson: “We applaud Chairman Berman for his strong support of the Simon bill and for including it in this important package. By ensuring that the critical experience of study abroad is an integral part of the 21st-century education of our college students, this unique and innovative program would revolutionize America’s capacity to understand, relate to, and lead responsibly in the world. We are encouraged by the support expressed for the Simon bill by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton when they were in the Senate.”
Want to do more? NAFSA is leading a growing movement online to make sure this legislation gets passed. Here are some ways you can help:
Friday, May 15, 2009
As research and research application become increasingly important in our work, I'd like to highlight two specific opportunities to explore these areas during the LA conference.
**Graduate Student Research Roundtable (open to all)
Wednesday, May 27
3:45 - 5:00 pm
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Facilitators: Rebecca Hovey (World Learning), David Rudd (Arcadia University), Lou Berends (Illinois Institute of Technology), David Comp (University of Chicago), with guest Elaine Loveland (Managing Editor, "International Educator" Magazine)
This annual meeting is geared for all who are doing (or interested in) research in international education. We'll be breaking up into small groups for open discussion. Topics include: academic degrees and career paths; publishing in the field; research on student learning outcomes and mobility; "theses and dissertations: what knowledge is of most worth?"; and research on internationalization vs. globalization.
**NAFSA Research Seminar: Legitimizing Internationalization on our Campuses through Research
Thursday, May 28
8:00 - 10:00 am
Los Angeles Convention Center 404 A
Chair: Val Rust - University of California-Los Angeles
Panelists: Ji-Yeung Jang (University of Minnesota), Richard Sutton (Visiting Scholar, Kennesaw State University Siegel Institute for Leadership & Ethics), Larry Braskamp (Loyola University-Chicago), Bryan McAllister-Grande (Brandeis University)
Internationalization is an important goal of 21st-century institutions, yet for many faculty and university leaders it can seem disconnected from the core tasks of teaching, learning, and scholarship. This seminar features expert panelists discussing how research on aspects of internationalization -- including education abroad, international student recruitment , intercultural learning, and broader university strategies for internationalization -- can help position internationalization as a driving force of higher education. We'll also be opening up discussion for seminar participation.
More research-related and Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) events and sessions can be found here.
For more information about the Research and Scholarship Network, please contact me at email@example.com. See you in LA!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have copied and pasted her relevant remarks here:
“I know that one of your graduates spent months on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro searching for sustainable development models to bring to women and families and help them lift themselves out of poverty. Another of your classmates was studying in China last year when the devastating earthquake struck, and that has led to work ever since to deliver supplies and assistance to villagers in remote areas. International students have gone on to fight for human rights in Rwanda, build civil society in the nation of Georgia, run businesses, and lead governments.”
“I hope many of you will join our ranks in the Foreign Service and the Civil Service, but I know that not all will choose to become professional diplomats, and I also know that the State Department alone cannot tackle these great problems. So my message to you today is this: Be the special envoys of your ideals; use the communication tools at your disposal to advance the interests of our nation and humanity everywhere; be citizen ambassadors using your personal and professional lives to forge global partnerships, build on a common commitment to solving our planet’s common problems. By creating your own networks, you can extend the power of governments to meet the needs of this and future generations. You can help lay the groundwork for the kind of global cooperation that is essential if we wish, in our time, to end hunger and defeat disease, to combat climate change, and to give every child the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. (Applause.)
This starts with opportunities for educational exchanges, the kind of dorm room and classroom diplomacy that NYU is leading on. I want to commend my friend, your president, the trustees of this great university, for understanding and believing in the importance of educational exchanges.
You know, study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed. And we want more American students to have that opportunity. That’s why we are increasing funding for Gilman scholarships by more than 40 percent. More than 400 New Yorkers have used Gilman scholarships to spend a semester abroad, including nine students from NYU last year.
Now, of course, study abroad is a two-way street, and we should bring more qualified students from other countries to study here. NYU provides a prime example of what international students can bring to a campus and how they can benefit themselves and their countries. Over 700,000 international students came to the United States last year, and NYU had the second largest number of any school in the country. (Applause.)
Now, the benefits from such exchanges are so great that I am committed to streamline the visa process – (applause) – particularly for science and technology students so that even more qualified students will come to our campuses in the future. We’re also doing more to marry technology with global service. That’s why today I am pleased to announce that over the next year the State Department will be creating Virtual Student Foreign Service Internships to harness the energy of a rising generation of citizen diplomats. Working from college and university campuses, American students will partner with our embassies abroad to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of the networked world. And you can learn more about this initiative on the State Department’s website.”
You can read the text of Secretary Clinton’s address here.
President Obama’s commencement address at Arizona State University was also very good as well (despite him not being accomplished enough to be awarded an honorary degree) but it was Secretary Clinton’s address at NYU that shined yesterday (at least from my perspective).
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
10:00 - 11:00 am
TLS Lounge, LA Convention Center Concourse, 152/153
We're inviting you to attend an open meeting on public diplomacy and global citizenship at the upcoming NAFSA conference in Los Angeles. As international education becomes increasingly a national as well as institutional agenda, it's ever-important that international educators have a voice based in research as well as in practice.
Building upon conversations started by David Comp and others on this network, the get-together is informal; it's a chance to network, meet those interested, and hear about some of the efforts in this area. We'll also save some time for discussing ideas for some kind of NAFSA group/task force on these issues.
Although the meeting is an open house, please RSVP if you can to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get a rough sense of numbers.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
As you can see in the following table, there has been a significant increase in the number of applications and Fulbright awards to graduating seniors and recent alumni at The University of Chicago.
We have a very globally minded student body here in The College and it’s no surprise that a little program promotion and making time to advise prospective applicants have produced positive results.
As for the answer to “what does it take to get a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant?”….only students in and alumni from The College at the University of Chicago can schedule a meeting with me to learn the answer.
After one comment and a couple of e-mail messages about wanting an answer to the question "What does it take to get a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant?" I thought I would add the following which I copied and pasted in my reply to Anonymous in my comments section:
Part of the success of students in the College is simply due to an increase in the number of applications. The other part of their success is that most applicants start their application in spring and don't wait until July or August as that is too late in the game. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program application is rather simple compared to lengthy papers that students write for classes. The difference with the Fulbright application is that it's not submitted for a grade but rather for a significant amount of money in what is often times a very competitive provess (depending on the country of course). I do think that the letter(s) of affiliation (for the full grant) is a key component to pushing an application to the final round and then onto the recipient list. Securing a letter of affiliation takes time and this is why applicants should start thinking of their applicantions now and not in summer.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Oh yea, Southwest flies internationally to Ontario, Canada!
What I like about Zogby’s argument for increased educational exchanges (both to and from the United States) is that he uses data from the Institute of International Education (probably both Open Doors and Atlas of Global Mobility), NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Zogby International research. It's worth a read.
You can read Zogby’s article here.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Science Minister Helge Sander identified the growing number of English language university courses as an “attractive option to foreign students.” Sander is further quoted as saying “When I started as minister almost eight years ago there were only about 60 of our educational courses in English and today it’s three times as many. And of course that’s important for foreign students.”
You can access this Copenhagen Post article here.
The growth of English language courses throughout European higher education is an interesting phenomenon and one I wrote about a little over a month ago in my post “Increase in English Instruction Decreases the Quality of Dutch Higher Education” which you can read here. As I come across related news and developments I’ll be sure to post to IHEC Blog and/or to Twitter.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The following basic disability statistics for study abroad were obtained from the Open Doors 2008 website here.
OPEN DOORS 2008 BASIC DISABILITY STATISTICS FOR STUDY ABROAD
An additional summary of the Open Doors data collection efforts on students with disabilities who studied abroad in 2006-2007 is available on the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) website here.
IHEC Blog readers may also be interested in a recent article entitled “Tracking Student with Disabilities Who Study Abroad” by Michele Scheib March/April 2009 issue of NAFSA’s International Educator which you can access here.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
CIHE Podcast Initiative of The Boston College Center for International Higher Education
The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) has been making podcasts available for some time now and there are sixteen different podcasts currently available on their website here. Here is a listing of the various podcasts that I obtained from the CIHE Podcast Initiative website:
- Dewayne Matthews, U.S. Higher Education Attainment in a Global Context
- Jamil Salmi, The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities
- Hala Taweel, The Academic Profession in Palestine
- Kai-ming Cheng, Humanities and Social Science Education in Hong Kong and East Asia
- Jorge Balán, World Class and Research Universities in Asia and Latin America
- Jane Knight, IAU Global Survey Report on Internationalization of Higher Education
- Briget Terry Long & D. Bruce Johnstone, Special Video Supplement: Cost, Access, and Equity in Higher Education: American and International Perspectives
- Peggy Blumenthal, Assessing U.S. Study Abroad Capacity for Growth and Diversification
- Philip G. Altbach, U.S. Government Interest in Internationalization and the International Branch Campus Phenomenon
- Brian Whalen, Spotlight on the U.S. Study Abroad Enterprise and Standards for Good Practice
- Michael (Mick) Vande Berg, Quality, Accountability, and Research in U.S. Study Abroad
- David Crosier, Trends V and the Bologna Process in European Higher Education
- Hans de Wit, International Student Circulation in a Global Context
- Alan Contreras, Diploma Mills and Degree Fraud
- D. Bruce Johnstone, Higher Education Finance, Access, and Equity
- Patti McGill Peterson, Perspectives on the International Mobility of Scholars
You can access the CIHE Podcast Initiative website here.
Hedda – the European association of research centres, institutes and groups with expertise in higher education research
Hedda has just launched The International Higher Education Podcast on their blog. The following is a description from the Hedda Blog post about their new The International Higher Education Podcast project:
“The podcast will begin with Part 1 in a series of interviews focusing on the recently published book, Borderless Knowledge? Understanding the "New" Internationalisation of Research and Higher Education in Norway. The first interview in this series features Dr. Peter Maassen. Dr. Maassen is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo and a Senior Research Fellow at NIFU STEP. He is also Director of Hedda, a consortium of European centers for research in Higher Education.
You can access the Hedda The International Higher Education Podcast here.
Smart Study Abroad
Smart Study Abroad is an excellent blog on study abroad with a primary focus on U.S. students studying abroad and one that I recommend all IHEC Blog readers visit frequently Smart Study Abroad was started in January 2009 by Brian Steffen who is an Professor of Communication Studies and Department Chair at Simpson College. Brian has done a great job of writing interesting and timely pieces on the field of study abroad. I visit Smart Study Abroad daily (as that is how often Brian tends to post) and really like how he integrates various YouTube videos relating to study abroad into his blog posts. If you haven’t already checked out Smart Study Abroad I recommend you do so! Brian has already posted podcasts on his blog and here are brief descriptions:
Sharon Wilkinson, Associate Professor of World Languages and Culture at Simpson College, discusses setting up a semester program in French Polynesia. You can access her podcast here.
Lorna Stern Laniak and Amy Greeley from the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University discuss study abroad at Arcadia University. You can access their podcast here.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Select the Right Program
Choosing the right study abroad program is extremely important. Your choice can have a significant impact on your education and your travel experience. Particular things to consider when choosing a study abroad program include where you will be studying, the cost of the program, the amount of emphasis on total immersion, the number of students participating in the program, and the program's reputation. You will also want to think about your ultimate goals. Knowing what you want out of a study abroad program will make it easier to find a program that fits your needs.
Research Your Destination
Although you undoubtedly researched the country you will be studying in prior to making the decision to study abroad, it is a good idea to review what you have learned. Some of the things you will want to familiarize yourself with include the country's geography, history, culture, economy, and government. You should also learn as much as you can about the current political situation. Much of this information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of State, which publishes Country Specific Information for every country of the world. Country Specific Information can be obtained online and by special request.
Know the Laws
The culture isn't the only thing you should familiarize yourself with when studying in another country. You should also have a passing knowledge of basic laws and customs. While traveling abroad, you will be subject to your host country's laws and regulations. If you aren't familiar with the rules, you could end up in serious trouble. You can learn about a county's laws by contacting the appropriate embassy. Information on criminal penalties in each country can be obtained though the Country Specific Information published by the U.S. Department of State.
Learn the Language
It is not absolutely necessary to speak the country's language fluently, but you should know a little bit before you go. At minimum, try to learn a few key phrases prior to your trip. Being able to converse in the local language will help you adjust to your new surroundings and may even save you from an embarrassing accident if you're having trouble finding a restroom. Knowing a few phrases will also make it easier to pick up on the language once you get there.
Studying abroad will probably put you near a lot of different places you may not have the opportunity to visit under normal circumstances. You can take advantage of the situation by travelling to and exploring new places. Many study abroad programs offer planned field trips that relate to your area of study. Sign up whenever you can. If your program doesn't provide guided trips as part of the curriculum, you can make your own list of museums and landmarks to visit in your spare time.
Immerse Yourself in the Culture
Experiencing a new culture is one of the main reasons people choose to study abroad. What most people don't realize is that speaking a country's language and eating its food isn't the best way to learn about a country's culture. You must immerse yourself to get the full experience. Culture is more than food and language. It is people, perceptions, values, actions, and beliefs. If you can find a way to experience these things personally, then you will have truly immersed yourself in the culture.
Break Out of Your Academic Routine
School can become very monotonous--regardless of the country you study in. Although it is good to have routines, you should try to avoid falling into the week after week monotony that you left behind. Remember that you are in a new country under a new academic system. It is okay to experiment with schedules and routines.
Take Courses Not Offered On Your Campus
While studying aboard, you may get the opportunity to take courses that are not offered on your usual campus. If the opportunity is presented to you, do try to take it. These courses may provide you with the type of experience you need to gain a new perspective or career skill.
Keep a Journal
Studying abroad can be a whirlwind experience. After a few months, your memories may begin to fade. Keeping a journal will help to remind you about the interesting events and sites that you might have otherwise forgotten. The journal will be especially helpful if you ever write about your experience or the country you studied in. Journals can also be used to record career-related experiences that can be shared with future employers.
Guest post from Karen Schweitzer who writes for the college database on OnlineColleges.net.