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Fall 2015 Education Abroad Network (EAN) Meeting

    Fall 2015 Meeting

    Study Abroad “Old School”:  Re-Discovering University Study Programs Abroad

    Thursday, October 8, 2015, 2:30–4:00 p.m., 402 Walter Library, East Bank

    Meeting Resources

    Meeting Description

    Fifteen years ago, more than half of students who went abroad did so on semester-long programs.  Today it’s just one-third.  And of those students, fewer and fewer are choosing integrated University Study programs, where students take classes alongside local students and are treated as regular students at a foreign university.  

    With the rise of home-grown programs and affiliate center-based options, the University Study model has become an afterthought, even though older generations of students knew it as one of the only ways to go abroad.  What are the reasons behind this?  Is the University Study model a useless antique ready for the trash heap, or a vintage gem that just needs a little polishing?  

    We considered the following points:  

    • What are the unique challenges and benefits of University Study programs (both for students and for advisers)?  How do the perceived challenges fit with reality?  
    • What are some of the reasons for the decline in these programs, and what could / should be done to reverse the trend?  
    • What are the perceived and actual costs of University Study programs compared to other program models?  
    • What kind of student development outcomes result from participation in University Study programs compared to other models, and what kind of students benefit the most from this model?  

    For more information, please contact Kim Hindbjorgen, khindbjo@umn.edu.