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.