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A Student Guide to Study Abroad [Kindle Edition]

Stacie Berdan , Allan E. Goodman , Sir Cyril Taylor
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Book Description

Every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad. It is one of the most valuable things you can do for yourself and your career. Each of us has lived and worked both in the United States and overseas, working extensively with both students and employers in a variety of business, academic and not-for-profit settings in our own careers.

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an expert on international careers, and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace. Sir Cyril Taylor has been an innovator in study abroad for nearly 50 years, having founded the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) in 1964, and Richmond, The American International University in London in 1972. As the president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, Allan Goodman is a leader in creating and expanding international educational exchange opportunities, and making them more accessible to more diverse student populations. He was previously a professor and the executive dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, teaching students who are now in diplomatic leadership positions around the globe. Together, we and our organizations have advised and supported hundreds of thousands of students over the years to gain an international experience, and we continue to advocate for more students going abroad.

We have seen firsthand the value of making international a part of one’s education and of listening to others when it comes to adapting to life in another country. We have all felt culture shock and also re-entry problems, and we have seen the impact of an international experience on those who have been fortunate enough to have one. But we realize that not every student knows where to start and how to make it happen. So we teamed up to reach students like you, who are still exploring whether and how to study abroad, and wondering if they should do it. The answer is a resounding “yes”—but only after you have prepared yourself to take full advantage of the opportunity.

We wrote this book 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.

To bring you current, relevant advice, we surveyed approximately 350 students and asked dozens of educators and business leaders to share their insights. In addition to our own best advice from years of working in international education and communications, we aim to offer you timely and practical feedback from the current generation of students who have made the most of their time abroad. Therefore, 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 you through the process.

The wide range of programs currently available makes study abroad more flexible, affordable and accessible than ever before. While not everyone can go abroad for a full year in a total language immersion setting, we hope you will agree after reading this book that there is a study abroad option for everyone. We urge you to make international a part of your education.


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At first I was skeptical about the value of such a volume. After all, the CARLA folks at MN have produced an evidence-based predeparture workbook, and every major college already has an entire stable of study abroad advisers. However after reading through it, I was won over. I can see that working through this book would be a very valuable process for any student who is generally contemplating study abroad but who hasn't nailed down the particulars of the program s/he is seeking. I also see it as especially valuable for the parents of a prospective study abroad student, if those parents are not quite convinced of the value of the financial and time investment. It's not the kind of book that one ought to read through at one sitting, but rather it is the kind of book that one can integrate into (or use as a rough guide for) a whole decision-making process. Congratulations on producing a fine and useful product. --Dr. Donald L. Rubin, Center for Health & Risk Communication, University of Georgia

Drawing on real-life-stories from students and professionals, A Student Guide to Study Abroad offers the most compelling rationale why education abroad is essential for the 21st century college student. --Dr. William I. Brustein, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, The Ohio State University

Being well-prepared for the study abroad experience allows students to take full advantage of the opportunity and develop the intercultural competence necessary to succeed in today's complex interconnected global society. This resource guide is an invaluable tool that will help ensure students are ready to engage in one of the most rewarding learning experiences of their lives. --Dr. Daniel J. Paracka, Director, Education Abroad, Institute of Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University

About the Author

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an expert on international careers, and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace. Sir Cyril Taylor has been an innovator in study abroad for nearly 50 years, having founded the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) in 1964, and Richmond, The American International University in London in 1972. As the president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, Allan Goodman is a leader in creating and expanding international educational exchange opportunities, and making them more accessible to more diverse student populations. He was previously a professor and the executive dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, teaching students who are now in diplomatic leadership positions around the globe.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Institute of International Education; 1 edition (September 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872063623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872063624
  • ASIN: B00FATRC02
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Helpful for Those Going Abroad! September 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book covers the entire study abroad experience - from the process of actually making the decision, all the way through to after you've made it back to your home country. It is such a helpful read for those who are planning on studying abroad. When I was preparing for my adventures overseas, I would have loved to have something like this; I had so many questions that I had to search out on different websites and such. If I had this book back then, I would not have had to do any of that, as everything is included inside this book. It also features many different people who completed a study abroad time, giving their input on their experiences, what they particularly loved, and what they would have done different. It's really great to get the points of view from others who have gone through what you are about to do. Since I've been back, I have been making the steps to move back abroad, as my time was so great. This book has given me different viewpoints and tips on that as well - so while it is a guide to studying abroad, it has advice for everyone who is trying to simply go abroad outside of your home country. Overall, it is a great read, with incredible insight and advice - I would definitely recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contributor Review September 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
I had the privilege of being interviewed to share my personal stories for this book. As much as I had incredible experiences abroad, it would have been so beneficial to have a concise informative piece of literature like this BEFORE having gone. The book covers everything from money to medicine and addresses the periods before, during and after your time abroad (which is very thoughtful since most people assume the experience ends once you step on the plane to come home but there really is so much more to come). I am really enjoying reading this book as it's even giving me tips for my future international adventures! Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I studied abroad in Chile when I was in college and I wish I'd had this book before that trip. It's a fabulous resource for every student and their parents.

It’s a practical guide that covers just about everything a student needs to know about study abroad. The authors have taken special care to include the perspectives of a diverse array of students, including a student with muscular dystrophy who studied abroad in Tanzania, a gay student who lived with a family in Buenos Aires, a black student who had amusing encounters with Chinese cab drivers (at first the driver didn’t believe she was American, but then he had “a complete moment of clarity” and said “Oooooo I know! Barack Obama daughter!!!” Her response? “Yes, sir. You are right.”)

The book lists lots of different scholarship programs (like the Fulbright, Gilman and Boren scholarships) and includes anecdotes from dozens of students from a wide range of socioeconomic and academic backgrounds, who describe their experiences studying in just about every country you can imagine.

The book covers the entire experience: why study abroad is so important in this globalized era, how to decide if it’s right for you, how to choose the right program, how to figure out the financials, how to prepare, how to immerse yourself in the local culture, how to stay safe and healthy, how to make the most of your time, how to transition back into life at “home,” how to highlight your study abroad experience on a resumé… and more.

Reading this book reminded me of how much support I had when I studied abroad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Abroad Prepared! September 21, 2013
By Laura C
Format:Paperback
This book is exactly what I wish we had had before my oldest daughter went to Costa Rica for a semester. The book goes way beyond the academic exploration of the "going abroad experience," and includes concrete advice from the real experts--people who have learned from living abroad (including the author herself). The presentation is friendly and totally unintimidating. I didn't feel overwhelmed by dense blocks of information (which would have made me tense--if I miss a word, will it be the most important word to my daughter's success?!) Students will know what questions to ask before they even decide if the destination or experience is the right choice for them. The answers will help them set realistic expectations from the get go--so there will be fewer surprises. That will reduce anxiety for students(and their parents!) once they are actually living in another country. My second daughter will definitely us this book when planning her going abroad semester.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read - like getting advice from friends October 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book offers a lot to think about for students, parents, educators and business people It makes a strong case for the value of study abroad as an integral part of a global education in the 21st century. The case is significantly enhanced by quotes and testimonials from various stakeholders. These first person narratives let the reader tap into the knowledge of a broad spectrum of trusted advisers. The range of study abroad locations and experiences offer a valuable insider's view. It was extremely helpful to read the direct perspective and advice of so many individuals without leaving my suburban couch. These straightforward thoughts feel like advice from friends -- so valuable to get when considering a potentially anxiety-filled experience. I studied in Spain and worked in Russia, and I found this book a very interesting read as my own children consider study abroad options over the next few years.
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