As you start the new school year, I want to take a moment to thank you for your commitment to making it possible for your students to study abroad.
I also wanted to share with you our new book, A Student Guide to Study Abroad
, published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with AIFS. It is our goal to get this valuable resource into the hands of 100,000 students, in print or as an eBook, to enable more of your students to have this important opportunity.
I believe that every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad. As president of IIE and in my previous life as a dean and professor, I have seen firsthand the value of making international a part of one's education and the impact that an international experience has on those who have been fortunate enough to have one.
My co-authors for this book are international careers expert and author Stacie Berdan
and AIFS founder and chairman Sir Cyril Taylor
. Together, we and our organizations have advised and supported hundreds of thousands of students over the years to gain an international experience.
We wrote this book to provide a useful, hands-on tool for you and your students, as well as their parents. We hope to make it clear to readers that the wide range of programs currently available makes study abroad more flexible, affordable and accessible than ever before, and that there is a study abroad option for everyone.
We realize that not every student knows where to start and how to make it happen, and that study abroad offices have a huge job to do in advising students and coordinating all of their programs and credits. So we teamed up to help you get information into the hands of students who are still exploring whether and how to study abroad, and to bring current, relevant advice to students at every stage of the process.
Our goal is to give every student access to the best information available on study abroad: things to know before you go, how to make the most of your time abroad, why you should consider internships and career-related experiences abroad, how to transition back to life in the States, and, as you embark on your career, how to use study abroad to showcase your global growth and learning.
We surveyed approximately 350 students and asked dozens of educators and business leaders to share their insights on topics such as deciding when is the best time to go, selecting a program, staying safe and healthy, and how pay for your study abroad, and save money while you are there. In addition to our own best advice, we have included more than 200 real-life stories from a diverse collection of students, advisers and professionals, as well as 100 easy-to-follow tips to help guide students through the process.
In the spirit of the Top 10 Tips approach we use in the book, below are our suggestions for 10 ways you can use this book.
Finally, I want to encourage you to nominate your study abroad programs or campus initiatives to get more students to study abroad for IIE’s Heiskell Awards
(deadline: October 18), and look for the new Open Doors
data on study abroad, which will be released on November 11.
With thanks and best wishes for a successful new school year,
President and CEO, Institute of International Education