Faculty & Staff

Strategies for Working with Students

We hope you are willing and able to recommend, encourage and support study abroad for your students. If a student comes to you wondering if study abroad is for her/him we hope you'll encourage them to attend a First Step Meeting. If the student has already done so, they can meet with a Program Selection Adviser in the Learning Abroad Center. Scheduled and drop-in appointments as well as the First Step Meeting schedule are available and found on the Advising Hours page. 

Please remember that we do not expect you to have deep or detailed knowledge of the abroad programs offered at the UofM or the financial options for students considering these programs. That is what the advisers in the Learning Abroad Center specialize in. It is typical for a student to be referred to their academic adviser(s) for information on how study abroad coursework will fit into their degree plan and then referred back to the Learning Abroad Center to discuss program options or finances in depth. If you would like detailed information on the processes of the Learning Abroad Center, consider attending a Basic Adviser Training session. The current schedule can be found in News & Events

Strategies to Encourage Study Abroad 

Discipline-Specific Learning

Study abroad can permit students to take:

Placement of a Discipline in its International Context

Many different experiences can help students understand other ways of knowing, other perspectives on disciplinary content and methods, etc., including:

Country/Region-Specific Learning

Students can learn about another society and culture through such means as:

Language Acquisition

Students can develop or improve language skills through such means as:

Student Development

Study abroad can be transformative for its participants. Among the outcomes often cited are improvement in critical thinking skills, cross-cultural skills and perspectives, tolerance for ambiguity, self-confidence, independence, flexibility, self-knowledge, appreciation of difference, reevaluation of personal values, new direction and skills for job/career path, and new perspectives on American society and culture and on the US role in the world.