Preparing Global Leaders: Honors International Education (Forum on International Education, NCHC 2013)

New Orleans, Sheraton, Bayside C3, 11-11.50am

Chairs: Kim Klein, Mary Kay Mulvaney, Karl Petruso, Ellen Buckner, and Phame Camarena

Key points

  • Facilitate active & experiential learning to help students focus on the meaning of their experience and how study abroad changes it
  • “The Bubble:” It becomes increasingly easy for students to remain in their “bubble” while abroad, primarily facilitated by technology and social media, significantly reducing the benefits of study abroad – see How Facebook Can Ruin Study Abroad: Technological protection against culture shock is counterproductive
  • Study abroad programs in fields other than the humanities and social sciences appear to be growing
  • When students study abroad earlier in their college career, the benefits can be significant if the program is well designed and implemented, and the students are well prepared
  • The importance of learning a foreign language as early and as well as possible, as it is the “master key” to culture (multilingualism/multiculturalism): Foreign languages decline at schools; study abroad programs can be a great booster of foreign language; how to design programs to make them more attractive and effective?; the pros and cons of making a foreign language an honors requirement
  • Intensify and enrich post-program reflections and processing to reinforce learning outcomes
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