I’m a big supporter of study abroad, but we must help students prepare for it, experience it, and return better for it. Colleges have a big role to play.
Whether you’re going abroad for work, study, volunteer or pleasure, the odds are you will experience culture shock. Although culture shock hits those harder who are moving abroad, even if only for a few months, everyone experiences it somewhat, so it’s a good idea to recognize the symptoms and have some tips to deal with it.
For most college students, the allure of studying abroad can be intoxicating. That’s because students tend to initially focus on the “abroad” part. But make no mistake about it: studying abroad is a serious undertaking.
Guest blogger Michael Flatt, co-founder of StudentsGoneGlobal.com, shares how he started his own website to enable students to share and learn from each others’ study abroad stories before, during and after the experience.
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Beth Cubanski writes about the important role foreign language learning has played in her life so far and her exchange student experience while still in high school. She’s currently a freshman at American U in Washington, D.C.
Guest blogger Kelly Loughlin, a recent graduate now living and working in San Francisco, advises students on the ins and outs of the important study abroad experience.
MBA programs are incorporating study abroad in their curricula. Approaches vary but mandatory time abroad working on a specific business problem is proving most valuable. Two schools leading the pack are Yale School of Management and George Washington University’s Global MBA program. Yale SOM revamped its curriculum in 2006 by replacing standard finance and marketing […]
Brazil moves onto the global stage: Campuses take note by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan Brazil has arrived, and its strong economy is capturing attention. Latin America’s largest economy is poised to realize its potential as a global player. Leading the charge, President Luiz Inacio da Silva has demonstrated the right touch when it comes to economic prosperity. […]
The Expert: Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, international careers expert and co-author of Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Woman’s Guide to Fast-Track Career Success (HarperCollins, 2007). The Issue: Employers are drawn to the curiosity—and “the ability to enjoy risk”—that compel college students to study abroad. In a recent article you wrote about employers’ views of study […]