Thursday, November 19, 2015

Multi-lingual Story Time at my Children's School

So this is happening tomorrow morning at the school that my three children attend. This event is being held specifically for the 3 year old nursery school through 2nd grade students. Simply Awesome!  

The description and image of the event that was posted to Facebook follows:

This Friday 8-8:30 a.m., Lim Library at ESH the Multilingual Parents Group will be reading in Arabic. Come listen to "The Hungry Caterpillar" and other stories. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

International Education Week - Access for All video

Stay up to date on IIE Open Doors 2015 via Twitter #OpenDoorsReport

Follow the International Education Week Related Tweets this Week #IEW2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Invitation to the Fund for Education Abroad's 5th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC on November 19th from 6:30-9:30pm

Please join the Fund for Education Abroad, the Host Committee, and a few very special guests – including Assistant Secretary of State, Evan Ryan at the historic National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC on Thursday, November 19th from 6:30-9:30pm to kick-off the upcoming application cycle and celebrate FEA’s 5th Anniversary. Cocktail attire – includes open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres & buffets, cultural programming, and networking in the field of international education.  You can purchase your tickets via the FEA website.

This year, FEA will honor Marlene Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA with the Inaugural Fritz Kaufmann Advocacy Award. Fritz Kaufmann, founder of Academic Travel Abroad was a lawyer by training, journalist and professor of economics, Professor Kaufmann left his native Vienna in 1942 and later embarked on a three-month tour of Europe to evaluate the political and economic effects of the Marshall Plan. His personal experience of war and witnessing its devastating effect inspired a lifelong devotion to advancing cross-cultural understanding through international educational travel, multicultural awareness and language training, leading to the founding of the Association of Academic Travel Abroad in 1949.

5th Anniversary Host Committee (as of 10/22)
Co-Chairs: Errick L. Greene & Mark Lenhart
Members: Tim Ambrose, Jiffer Bourguignon, Jennifer Calvert, Terence B. Crouch, Andrea Custodi, Elizabeth Daoust, Kim Davis, Samuel Davis, Jane Edwards, Teri Ellison, Alida Fenner, Miti Figueredo, Joël Gallegos, Jean Glock, Larry Guillemette, Wendy Harris, Kelly Holland, JJ Jackson, Shelley Jessee, Martha Johnson, Gene Kenney, Jan Kieling, Amy Kotkin, Anne Krieg, Brandon Lee, Bruce Levine, Rachel Lostumbo, Michael Lucerto, Ellyn McKay, Mike Moyer, MaryBeth Mullen, Jean-Marie Murphy, Robert Muse, Judy Perl, Jim Perna, Susan Popko, Carol Reed, Jennifer Richwine, Gary Rhodes, Moira Rogers, Randall Salisbury, Colby Sheffer, Kate Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Barbara Tuceling, Janet Varn, Ann Waigand, JoVita Well, Caroline Donovan White, Linda Youngentob

Disclosure:  I am a member of the FEA Board of Directors and while I won't be able to attend the gala this year I hope that IHEC Blog readers will consider attending and supporting FEA.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Registration Now Open for the Global Pro Institute - A Comprehensive Professional Development and Training Program for Aspiring International Education Professionals

International Higher Education Consulting has entered into an affiliate partnership with the Global Pro Institute program.

Created by Brooke Roberts, founder of Inside Study Abroad, the Global Pro Institute program offers a comprehensive roadmap to launch and grow a career in international education and meaningful travel.  If you are interested in learning more about and enrolling in the the Global Pro Institute program you can do so via the following affiliate link:

The Global Pro Institute program includes the following:

  • 6 modules with several lessons of fun, informative, and actionable videos tutorials and lectures.
  • Delivered completely online from the comfort of your home, office, or favorite coffee shop.
  • Complete professional makeover from knowledge, to skills, to relationships, to branding, to landing the job.
  • Downloadable, action-oriented printable workbooks.
  • Deep-dive hour-long video interviews and conversations with experts in nearly every area of international education and meaningful travel. 
  • We walk you through the fundamentals of the work, skills and knowledge required to work in that space, and best ways to land a job in that area.
  • Real-world stories from successful professionals on how they launched and grew their own careers.
[Disclosure: I'm scheduled to be interviewed later this month for this Global Pro Institute program offering]

  • Weekly 60-minute live video group coaching and mentoring sessions with Brooke to answer your questions and help you apply this content to your career growth and job search (each session is recorded).
  • A little cheerleading and real-talk to help you move past roadblocks and self-doubt to start taking action on the things that will make the biggest impact on your career.
  • Time zone or scheduling issues with the live sessions? Don’t worry. You can submit your questions anytime to be answered during the group coaching.
  • Lifetime access to content AND future GPI sessions! Once you register, the program is yours. You are welcome to review the program content anytime and participate in future GPI sessions going forward.
  • As the field evolves, this program will evolve with it. And you'll get continued access to any updates we make to the program.
  • Plus, when new benefits and bonuses are added to the Global Pro Institute experience, you'll get them for free.


  • Building your network in the international education and meaningful travel industries is crucial for career success - and it's best to start with your peers.
  • You receive lifetime and exclusive access to the members-only private Facebook group where you can network with other aspiring professionals in the field.
  • Post successes, challenges, questions, feedback, and inspiration for other members to cheer, review, and provide feedback.
  • Engage with Brooke and other thought-leaders in international education and youth travel
  • This group will become your cohort of peers, future colleagues, and life-long friends. Value? Priceless.

  • GPI members get exclusive access to our conference travel funds. Attend an international education conference, represent GPI and Inside Study Abroad, apply for a grant!
  • Meet and connect in-person with your fellow GPI members at our exclusive networking events.
  • Network with established professionals in international education and lots of introductions from Brooke.
  • All Mastery members will have an opportunity to send their revised resume and cover letter to Brooke for critique and actionable feedback.
  • Brooke will create a video explaining exactly what you've done great and where you can improve (and why).
  • Videos will be posted in the private Facebook community for everyone to learn from and implement.
  • All members of the Global Pro Institute will be invited to FREE GPI-only networking receptions, educational workshops, and fun outings hosted during regional and national conferences around the country and world.
  • You'll get exclusive access to Brooke's amazing network of friends and colleagues in the field. (This is priceless.)
  • Opportunities to become a Chapter Coordinator for Inside Study Abroad Meet-ups in your city or region.

  • Your Global Pro Institute membership also contributes to funding an Inside Study Abroad scholarship with the Fund for Education Abroad.
  • Which means when you improve and grow your global career, you are also changing the lives of aspiring study abroad participants.
  • Give and receive. That's our motto.

Again, if you are interested in learning more about and enrolling in the the Global Pro Institute program you can do so via the following affiliate link:  Pricing information is available on the Global Pro Institute home page.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Community College Corner: The NAFSA Academy

The following is a guest post by Derek Shouba, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Morton College.  Derek will contribute to IHEC Blog on a regular basis and will provide his perspective on a variety of international education topics in the 'Community College Corner' posts!

Many thanks to David Comp for soliciting my participation in International Higher Education Consulting Blog.  Over the past couple of years, Dr. Comp and I have had many conversations about the extent to which the principles of international educational, as they have been construed by competitive, four-year institutions, can be applied to America’s open-access community colleges.  America’s community colleges are of course a vital component of any plan to help Americans gain international competencies in the coming decades.  According to the American Association of Community Colleges, approximately half of America’s undergraduate college students are enrolled at a community college at any given time.

As a community college dean, I’m been obsessed with the following question for quite some time: what can a relatively small institution do to promote international competencies among its students, especially when these students are, more often than not, economically disadvantaged?  In the coming year, my goal will be to explore a number of practical and relatively inexpensive approaches to the broad subject of international education, especially in the community college context.

Today, I’ll merely mention one simple tool that I’ve personally employed this past year to enter more fully into the modern discourse of international education, and that is the NAFSA Academy.   While admittedly geared toward relatively new participants in the field of international education, the NAFSA Academy helped me to quickly and painlessly integrate into the wider NAFSA community.  For a reasonable fee, selected participants are paired with approximately five other international educators, and an experienced Academy mentor, for a yearlong introduction to the elements of international education.  The fee includes registration at a special spring training which covers international student advising issues, U.S. international admissions, advocacy in international education, education abroad and comprehensive campus internationalization.  The fee also includes your registration in a regional NAFSA conference and the national NAFSA conference.

The NAFSA Academy is most appropriate for folks who are relatively new to international education, but even more seasoned professionals will discover that the Academy can help you to create a solid network of like-minded professionals.  All Academy participants also get consistent feedback about at least one action project related to international education.  In my own case, I worked on a formal campus international plan.

While the NAFSA Academy is dominated by participants and mentors from four-year institutions, I was matched with a wonderful mentor from a larger community college and still enjoyed the opportunity to share stories and swap ideas with professionals from M.I.T., Northwestern University, and many other research universities.   I can also imagine that an institution would do well to use the NAFSA Academy as an on-boarding process for new employees in areas related to international education, especially if their institution, like mine, isn’t large enough to offer more systematic methods of learning content in each major category of international education employment.
I’ll close by saying that my NAFSA Academy cohort collaborated together on several projects, including an international roundtable at my school’s Teaching and Learning Center, and on a Region V presentation that will happen this week.  Hope to see you there.

See for more information.

Derek Shouba is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Morton College, a comprehensive community college located on in Cicero, Illinois.  Derek also serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP).  Derek, a Fulbright alum, is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds graduate degrees from McGill University, North Park University, and Roosevelt University.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the CIEE Annual Conference in Berlin, November 4-7, 2015 #‎CIEEconf‬

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 29th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), 6-9 October 2015 #AIEC2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from 27th Annual EAIE Conference #EAIE2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

A true champion of international education (and unknown to the field) was recently lost: Roma Hoff - May 4, 1926 to August 28, 2015

A true champion of international education (and unknown to the field) was recently lost:  Roma Hoff  - May 4, 1926 to August 28, 2015.  Obituary at

Those who know me or who have followed IHEC Blog or this FB page for some time know that I met my wife Ana while we studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain back in 1991.  Roma Hoff was a Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and led our group's orientation in Madrid.   Ana and I have been exchanging holiday letters with Roma over the past 20 years that we have been married.  She was a true gem and she will be missed!

Also, many who know me know that I am an historian of the field and when reading Roma's obituary I was struck with her involvement in the field and one that is unknown the field so I thought I would highlight what was noted in her obituary.

Roma Hoff died peacefully at home on August 28, 2015 at age 89.

Her life was highlighted by worldwide travel, leadership and cultural contributions in the field of world language education, commitment to her church and other favorite organizations, and dedication to her family.

Her graduate studies were also at UW – Madison, culminating in a PhD in Education and Spanish in 1956 and then work in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as a lecturer.

Her first two trips to Europe were to Spain, where she spent the summers of 1949 and 1950.

Through a stroke of good fortune she was invited to serve as tour director for Eur-Cal Travel's (University of California – Berkeley) 88-day grand European tours during six summers, 1952 to 1957.

She taught on the island of Aruba for Standard Oil between master's and doctoral studies, and she studied in Madrid in 1954-55 on a Fellowship from the Institute of International Education.

When the children were older, the family began to travel, including memorable trips to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, and to Germany and Switzerland, where her husband shared his heritage and family connections.

Roma enjoyed seeing her children study and live in other cultures.

Peter teaches Spanish at UW – Whitewater, speaks many languages, and advises students on study abroad.

Anne studied and worked in Japan for 15 years before moving to Maui, HI, and later Seattle, WA, where she practices Rolfing Structural Integration.

Paul is Professor of Spanish at UW – Eau Claire and a veteran staff member at the Concordia Language Villages (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN).

Starting in 1974 she organized Spanish Travel Seminars, the university's nearly annual offering for students and interested members of the community. These took participants on three-week summer trips through Spain, often including other locales such as Portugal, Morocco, France, and the Canary Islands. After first visiting Central America in 1975, she also nurtured growing interest in that region by organizing tours to Costa Rica, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, and Belize.

She helped establish the UW – Eau Claire study abroad program at the Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) and eight times directed the Madrid orientation for the groups.

The trips Roma led were true cultural exchanges. Tour participants met the Hoffs' friends in these countries, visited their homes and shops, and got off the beaten path to experience the cultures close-up.

Travel occurred in both directions, and the Hoff residence became home to people from many countries over the years as friends visited Eau Claire

The depth of these exchanges intensified in 1986 when Roma was named cultural adviser for the first CAMPUS (Central American Program for Undergraduate Scholars) group of 16 young people from various countries in Central America who came to study at UW – Eau Claire.  [see this 2010 IHEC Blog post to learn more about the CAMPUS Program]

In 1985 she was named Distinguished Foreign Language Educator of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (now Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers).

In 1989 she received the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – National Textbook Company award for developing Community Interest in Foreign Languages.

In 1990 she was named Outstanding Teacher of Spanish – College-University Level by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

In 1991 she received the Founders Award of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

The UW-EC Center for International Education and the Honors Week Steering Committee honored her on campus, and the national office of Sigma Delta Pi, national Hispanic honor society, gave her its Premio de Mérito in 1992.

In 1993 the North Central Council of Latinamericanists gave her its Award of Merit for Promoting an Awareness of the Countries, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America.

In that same year she won UW – Eau Claire's Excellence in Teaching Award and subsequently was speaker at the August 1994 graduation.

Roma served as adviser to the UW-EC chapter of Sigma Delta Pi for 30 years and the chapter won six national awards between 1987 and 1994.

In retirement Roma continued to lead travel tours abroad (including seven Alumni Association cruises) and to travel with her husband and various family members.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New 3-Minute Video Summarizes Research Insights on Good, Bad Community Impacts of International Volunteering, Voluntouring

Yesterday I became aware of this fantastic video that summarizes recently published research on the community impacts of international Volunteering, Voluntouring.

The video is great and worth watching followed by reflection and discussion!

The video is especially timely for me as my 13 year old daughter will be departing next week for a twelve day service learning trip to Pucará, Ecuador through her middle school.  As part of her confirmation at church she is required to volunteer at three different places (this trip to Pucará will count) and she will need to write a reflection piece on each experience.  This video will help me and my wife as we talk with her about her experience upon her return!

The Building a Better World Community has made the video available at  After viewing the video take some time to peruse and bookmark the site and consider connecting via their Facebook page and Twitter at @BuildingBetterW and Blog!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the U.S. Department of State's sixth annual EducationUSA Forum scheduled from June 30 - July 2 in Washington, D.C #EdUSAForum

More information available via the U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson

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Several of our #LGBTI International Exchange Alumni recently participated in a panel at the U.S. Department of State and...
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Watch the Live Stream and Follow the #GoingGlobal2015 Twitter Backchannel from Going Global 2015

Going Global 2015 is currently taking place today and tomorrow June 1-2, 2015) at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London.  You can access the programme, list of speakers as well as watch the live feed via the Going Global 2015 website.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from #NAFSA15 in Boston

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015-2016 FEA Scholarship Winners Announced

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) just announced their 2015-2016 scholarship winners.  Due to the generous support and donations received throughout the year from those committed to the value of study abroad, FEA was able to fund thirty six scholarships of up to $10,000 to undergraduates from across the United States to study abroad.

Notable highlights from the FEA press release include:

  • The 2015-2016 scholarship winners were selected from a pool of almost 1650 applicants representing approximately 525 US colleges and universities. 
  • A team of 110 reviewers individually read and reviewed each application.
  • Of this year’s recipients, 72% are first-generation college students, 75% are of minority background, 53% attend minority-serving institutions or community colleges, 58% will study in non-traditional destinations, and 92% are studying the host country language.

If you would like to learn more about FEA and how you can support their efforts and help future students incorportate a study abroad experience into their higher education programs of study you can do so via the FEA website.

Disclaimer:  I am a member of the FEA Board of Directors and am proud of the work that they do so I am more than happy to promote the 2015-2016 scholarship winners.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2015 Forum on Education Abroad Conference #ForumEA15

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Indiana University's 5th Annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization

MAY 17-20, 2015

Attention, College & University Faculty, Staff, and Administrators -

If you work in a public or private university, research, Liberal Arts, minority, or community college, by participating in this institute you will:
  • Learn how to internationalize your curriculum and campus
  • Understand comprehensive internationalization and the importance of collaboration and dialogue
  • Identify innovative pedagogies, technologies, and best practices
  • Explore the teaching and assessment of global learning objectives
  • Examine strategic planning and measurements of institutional success
  • Become a member of a network of international educators and administrators and much more ...

WHY ATTEND ICCI?  This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curriculum, and/or individual course, to better prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?  ICCI includes two distinctive tracks (Course Focus and Campus Focus), each with workshops. Whole group highlights include key presentations by national leaders, sessions to identify common ground among disparate campus audiences, an Innovative Internationalization Best Practices panel, a poster session,  a multi-regional cultural evening for networking, and a summative taking action session.

PRE-INSTITUTE WORKSHOP:  If you are new to internationalization, consider joining the optional pre-institute workshop The Increasingly Comprehensive World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context.  

ICCI Alumni come from 60 different higher education institutions from around the world!

Individuals and teams are welcome.     Registration now open.     Space is limited.

Deadline:  April 15, 2015 

Costs: Institute- $450 (includes all events, materials, all meals except 1 dinner); Pre-institute- $75 (includes materials & meals).

Dates (Location): May 17-20, 2015 (in Bloomington, Indiana)

Details/contact information:

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the Association of International Education Administrators 2015 Annual Conference #AIEA2015