The Forum on Education Abroad hosted its sixth annual conference with a record 930 attendees in North Carolina’s “Queen City” of Charlotte, March 24-26. The conference theme, “Vision and Value in Education Abroad,” stimulated a good deal of (re)thinking about making the case for study abroad in today’s tough economic climate on most U.S. campuses. Much of the conference focused on assessment – making the case for the value of study abroad – and partnerships – in research, program design and delivery. Despite my 35 years in international…

So you’ve taken Photography 101, you’ve got that really cool, used, SLR camera from the pawn shop and you’ve always dreamed of being good enough to hold your own exhibition where patrons will praise your genius and bid four- and five-digit figures for your “Introspective on Inner-City Potholes. Why not consider studying abroad in the birthplace of photography? Bonjour, Paris! A great example is our Photography & Film Development in Paris course at our CEA Global Campus in Paris. The 300-level course is taught in English, worth 3…

A recent survey of more than 300 employers shows only 1 in 4 believe colleges or universities are doing a good job of preparing students for the challenges of a global economy. Two-thirds of the survey group said colleges should place a greater emphasis on teaching students the ability to understand the global context of situations and decisions, while 71 percent said students need to develop teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings (“Raising the Bar,” Hart Research Associates, January 2010). International…

As the Forum conference in Charlotte approaches, I thought I would recall the active discussion last fall regarding School of Record partnerships between study abroad providers and colleges and universities. This was a stimulating exchange and certainly got us thinking at CEA Global Education. Moreover, as Forum and AACRAO have announced a joint working group on standards of good practice for school of record relationships – with an initial report due in June – this topic gains in relevance at this time. As I mentioned in the course…

Nicole Sapiro studied abroad in Buenos Aires in Spring 2009. An accomplished photographer, one of the photos she shot in Buenos Aires was selected from more than 1,300 photos as a runner-up for Glimpse.org, a partner website of National Geographic. Here are her experiences. Prior to going abroad, many people told me that spending six months in another country would “change” me. I often heard that I would gain invaluable skills and characteristics that would shape me into a stronger and more independent person, more capable of facing…

Glenda Jordan is studying abroad for an entire year at the CEA Global Campus in Paris. Here is her story. Where this story should begin is a mystery to me, as a million factors have led me up to this point in my life. I suppose I could start with when I first stepped onto the streets of my new home. I had made an incredibly long journey from England over to Paris by bus, train, bus, ferry, bus, train, métro, then on foot. I emerged from Rambuteau…

Every so often, we hear a student question what a particular topic in class has to do with the real world. The savvy professor or instructor addresses that question at the beginning of the semester – not only identifying what students should expect to learn and demonstrate by the end of the semester, but also how they will use their new knowledge when they leave the classroom. When it comes to study abroad, parents, faculty or even students can overlook the potential career development benefits from a semester…

CEA Global Education is pleased to welcome Mr. John Hudson as the Campus Director and Associate Academic Dean for our ninth and newest Global Campus in Buenos Aires. CEA is currently accepting applications for Fall 2010, but Mr. Hudson graciously agreed to take time away from campus preparations to answer a few questions about why universities and students should look to Buenos Aires for study abroad. Why a Global Campus in your city?(Mr. H) Buenos Aires is one of the 10 largest cities in the world. Traditionally known…

CEA Global Education is pleased to welcome Mr. John Hudson as the Campus Director and Associate Academic Dean for our ninth and newest Global Campus in Buenos Aires. CEA is currently accepting applications for Fall 2010, but Mr. Hudson graciously agreed to take time away from campus preparations to answer a few questions about why students should look to Buenos Aires for study abroad. Why a Global Campus in your city?(Mr. H) Buenos Aires is one of the 10 largest cities in the world. Traditionally known as the…