Study abroad and global learning programs can be powerful learning experiences for students in colleges and universities. The purpose of this volume of New Directions for Student Services is to assist campus professionals and faculty members as they design courses for study abroad, implement programs of various lengths and types, consider their own professional development, and evaluate global learning experiences. In addition, the legal and ethical aspects of providing educational opportunities all over the world are discussed, with advice given on administrative structures, important principles of risk management, and predeparture orientation for students and program leaders. Covering the history of global learning programs, faculty development, experiential learning, culture shock upon returning home, and program assessment, this volume provides guidance for the directors of study abroad or global education programs as well as advice for faculty and staff involved with these programs and students.
In addition, each author has provided a wealth of resource information for anyone interested in the topic, including websites, checklists, and other publications. Educators who are interested in study abroad, be they curious, intrigued, dubious, or passionate about the power of global education for 21st–century college learners, will find useful research, strategies, and advice in this issue.
EDITOR’S NOTES 1
1. Historical, Philosophical, and Practical Issues in Providing Global Learning Opportunities Through Study Abroad 5
Gary Rhodes, Lisa Loberg, Ann Hubbard
Researchers and practitioners in the field of study abroad introduce the background on the development of global education within U.S. colleges and universities, including best practices in global education and future directions for study.
2. Empowering Faculty to Develop and Share Global Knowledge 15
A faculty member dedicated to global education describes several creative programs developed at his college, in order to stimulate interest and knowledge for faculty development, and the accompanying development of unique global study programs for students.
3. International Experiences for Student Affairs Educators: There Is a World of Professional Development Opportunities Out There 23
John H. Schuh
The author reflects on the power of global learning after participating in several international travel and learning experiences. He also describes the unique learning outcomes and professional development resulting from these opportunities.
4. The Impact of International Internships and Short–Term Immersion Programs 33
This chapter provides insight into the impact of international internships and other immersion experiences as they positively affect student learning and student understanding of global issues.
5. Risk Management for Study Abroad Programs: Issues and Resources to Inform Program Development, Administration, and Training 41
The author shares his considerable knowledge about the health, safety, and other risks that challenge providers of global programs, including guidelines and good practices for colleges and universities to prevent and manage these risks.
6. Predeparture Services for Students Studying Abroad 51
There are a variety of orientation topics and methods used to better prepare students who plan to study abroad; this chapter includes a summary of potential topics and resources for global learning staff to utilize. The author also addresses the roles of faculty and staff leaders and students in their preparation for cultural immersion.
7. Reentry: Supporting Students in the Final Stage of Study Abroad 59
Gretchen E. Young
Student adjustment back to their home culture is an important aspect of their learning from the study abroad experience. The author challenges educational administrators and faculty members to effectively learn from “reverse culture shock.”
8. The Role of the Dean of Students in Study Abroad 69
Matthew S. Rader
The college with an active study abroad program benefits when the chief student affairs administrator has knowledge of these key concepts and is able to collaborate with other campus offices when issues arise while students are studying in other countries.
9. Outcomes of Global Education: External and Internal Change Associated With Study Abroad 77
Cindy Miller–Perrin, Don Thompson
The authors provide a thorough overview of the external and internal outcomes for participants in study abroad programs, including results gleaned from their own research. They also share recommendations for group leaders, faculty members, and administrators in enhancing these significant learning outcomes.
10. The Lament of the Study Abroad Director: Where Should We Start? 91
This summary of the chapters focuses on how a director of an international program office might best use the volume, as well as highlighting chapter topics and resources.