Critical Component to International Careers: Building Relationships

A few weeks ago, I spoke at GWU, keynoting the 6th Women in Global Careers Roundtable event, sponsored by CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research). I look forward to this event every year! Why? Because it wraps up everything I have come to love about my job: Working with a great team of […]

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Book Review: The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury

I’ve read a lot of books this summer. Many from the list of “Globetrotting” put together by the New York Times published in January. If you’re looking for a well-written novel that’s provocative yet easy enough to read, I recommend The Strange Case of Alice Pendelbury, by Marc Levin, France’s most popular contemporary novelist. If you’re interested in sharing a title–even writing a short review–that has some global aspect, send me an email. #StacieBerdanBookClub

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Enhancing Career Prospects with Study Abroad

Fall is upon us and students are (mostly) back on campus. Many students will head to the global studies or study abroad office in the early days, planning ahead for the spring semester, or perhaps figuring out how best to incorporate study abroad into their academic program. I’ve put together a list of the most […]

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Traveling Through Rome…By the Book

My best friend from college is Italian, and I am fortunate to have visited her and her family many times in Rome and throughout Italy over the years. Although we’ve explored most of the country, Rome remains one of my favorite cities. I spent 10 days there recently and didn’t really need a guidebook— just […]

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DYK: Demand for Language Skills Are on the Rise in the Workplace?

I am blown away by the recent news that has gotten little coverage: U.S. employers say they need and want MORE employees who speak anoyher language in addition to English…yet colleges are eliminating their foreign language programs. WHAT????

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Travelling Through Morocco…By the Book

Originally published on Concordia Language Village’s WorldView Blog Our well-traveled family of four (two adults and two teenagers) recently spent a number of weeks exploring Morocco. In addition to our guidebook we brought along other books to enhance our travels: a combination of history, memoir, social commentary, cultural portraits and fiction relevant to our itinerary. […]

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Traveling Through Spain …By the Book

I’ve started a new series “Travel by the Book” to share some of my travel adventures along with the books I read to enhance my experiences. Come with me as I travel through southern Spain.

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A Student’s Attempt to Understand the Complicated History of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Amidst the reporting and criticism today on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, a college student attempts to understand how this historic event is absent from people’s lives today.

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Preparing to Study in the USA

My most recent book, Preparing to Study in the USA: 15 Things Every International Student Should Know. is a BESTSELLER! and is being re-released today by IIE. The book remains in hot demand as the USA continues to welcome more international students than any other country, but the same rich, dynamic system that draws these […]

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Book Review: “Tong Wars” by Scott Seligman

Anna Catalano reviews China-hand and historian Scott Seilgman’s latest book, “Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown” (Viking 2016), which tells a story of the early generation of Chinese immigrants who settled in New York City.

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