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The Institute of International Education’s Center for Academic Mobility Research has published two new papers to assist international education practitioners in helping U.S. students cultivate global competencies by expanding opportunities to study and work abroad. The papers, Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Brazil and Learn by Doing, are available for download and purchase at www.iie.org/publications, and are also being distributed at IIE's booth (#315) at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Houston.

Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Brazil: A Guide for Institutions is the fourth report in a series of user-friendly guides for U.S. institutions interested in expanding their study abroad offerings. Other reports in this series have focused on expanding U.S. study abroad to India, Turkey, and Indonesia.

IIE, with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), launched this initiative to expand the capacity of key nontraditional destination countries to host a larger number of U.S. study abroad students. The project has been carried out in partnership with EducationUSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Brazil begins with an overview of the Brazilian higher education sector, with a particular focus on U.S.-Brazil higher education exchanges and partnerships, and the current state of U.S. study abroad to Brazil. The second portion of the report focuses on existing study abroad programs available to U.S. students, and challenges and recommendations for expanding study abroad to Brazil.

Patricia Chow, the assistant director for research and evaluation at IIE, and Clare Banks, the senior manager for IIE's Center for International Partnerships, will be available on Thursday, March 31st from 1-2pm at the IIE booth (#315) to discuss this report and recent developments in expanding partnerships with Brazilian higher education institutions. Representatives are also available at the IIE booth to discuss the Brazil Science Without Borders program.

For more information and to download a copy of Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Brazil, please visit: www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Expanding-US-Study-Abroad-Brazil.

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The Institute of International Education's Center for Academic Mobility Research is also pleased to announce the publication of a new briefing paper: Learn by Doing: Expanding International Internships/Work Abroad Opportunities for U.S. STEM Students.

This briefing paper is the outcome of a special workshop held in April 2012 in Washington, DC, to explore internship and work abroad programs in the STEM fields, specifically creating, maintaining, funding, and assessing these programs. A coalition of education abroad professionals from the NAFSA: Association for International Educators’ Work, Internship, and Volunteer Abroad (WIVA) Subcommittee, and the University of California, San Diego, joined IIE in convening the event, which was attended by more than 60 participants from across the United States and Canada.

Learn by Doing helps define work abroad, review existing program models, and address how to effectively communicate the benefits of work abroad programs to faculty, administration, and employers. The briefing  paper also discusses funding and assessment tools for work abroad programs.

There are copies of the briefing paper available at the IIE booth (#315) at the NAFSA conference. In addition, Sabeen Altaf, the briefing paper's co-author and a program officer in science and technology programs at IIE, will be at the IIE booth on Thursday, May 31st from 2-3pm to discuss the paper and international internships and work abroad programs in general. 

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