Below are links to the current stream of thinking about international education from a variety of resources.

Educating Students for Success in the Global Economy: A Public Opinion Survey on the Importance of International Education
In November 2010, on the eve of the midterm elections, a NAFSA-commissioned survey polled a broad cross-section of Americans on their views about the value of international education—particularly the issues of foreign language learning, study abroad, and the recruitment of talent to fuel excellence in higher education. By strong margins, Americans were clear: international education is critically important. Without it, the graduates of the future will be at a disadvantage in their careers and will find themselves lacking the skills to thrive in the global workplace.

Cultural Borders and Mental Barriers: The Relationship between Living Abroad and Creativity
This paper appeared in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (May 2009) and describes five studies done by Adam Galinsky and his research partners "employing a multi-method approach to systematically explore the link between living abroad and creativity. The relationship between living abroad and creativity was consistent across a number of creativity measures (including those measuring insight, association, and generation), both in the United States and Europe, demonstrating the robustness of this phenomenon."

A Team of Expatriates
A Newsweek article from the magazine dated January 26, 2009 reports that many of President Obama's advisers have studied and lived abroad.

Current Trends in U.S. Study Abroad & the Impact of Strategic Diversity Initiatives (pdf)
“This May 2007 IIE White Paper represents the first of the Institute's new policy research series on Meeting America's Global Education Challenge. It assesses current trends in study abroad in the United States, …. and includes an analysis of existing strategic funding initiatives such as the Gilman, Boren and Freeman-ASIA Scholarships, showing how resource allocation can influence the diversity of participants, geographic destinations, field of study and length of study.”

College-Bound Students' Interests in Study Abroad and Other International Learning Activities
American Council on Education, February 2008
“Despite global terrorism and other tumultuous international events, college-bound high school students' interest in study abroad and other international learning experiences while in college is strong, according to a recent study conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE), Art & Science Group, and the College Board.”

“Today, 55 percent of college-bound students say they are certain or fairly certain they will participate in study abroad. Moreover, the study reveals that many students come to college with more internationally diverse backgrounds and experiences. Not surprisingly, a high proportion want the college they attend to offer a wide range of international experiences and opportunities from internships and study abroad programs to courses on international topics and opportunities to interact with students from other countries.”

The Career Value of Education Abroad
International Educator, November/December 2007
Author Sheila Curran is the Executive Director of the Duke University Career Center. In this article she advocates the links between studying abroad and its value added in a career path. Whether or not one agrees with Thos. Friedman's Flat World thesis, the article supports his position that “Every young American today would be wise to think of himself or herself as competing against every young Chinese, Indian, or Brazilian.”

Impact of Education Abroad on Career Development
American Institute for Foreign Study, 2007
"An exceptionally diverse group of international educators ... discuss the impact of education abroad on student career development."

International Educator Articles of Enduring Interest
International Educator, a publication of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, publishes articles on various topics of interest to international educators and other advocates of international education.

Exploring Global Views and Visions: Understanding Our New Cultural Context Through the Liberal Arts
In this article, Dr. Naomi F. Collins, Ph.D . discusses the links between globalism and international education. Collins is a consultant to cultural and higher education organizations. She has served as Executive Director of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and is author of the forthcoming book, Through Dark Days and White Nights: Four Decades Observing a Changing Russia.

Associations Ask Secretary of State to Support Lincoln Study Abroad Program
The American Council on Education sent a letter Sept. 29 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice requesting the State Department's support for the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Program, an initiative designed to foster global literacy among college students.

No Borders: Beyond the Nation-State
This essay about placing America 's past in a Global context is adapted from A Nation Among Nations: America 's Place in World History , published by Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Copyright © 2006 by Thomas Bender.  The author is a professor of history and university professor of the humanities at New York University .

Are Young Americans Unprepared for the Global Future?
The National Geographic Society and Roper Public Affairs have released their 2006 report assessing the geographic literacy of American young adults. This report reveals a serious lack of geographic knowledge among Americans between the ages of 18 and 24. Moreover, it concludes that this lack of knowledge will leave America unprepared for an increasingly global future.

Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U. S. Economic and National Security
A new report from the Committee for Economic Development (CED) asserts that the lack of Americans educated in foreign languages and cultures is hampering efforts to counter terrorist threats, and warns the United States will become less competitive in the global economy because of a shortage of strong foreign language and international studies programs.

American Public: International Education is Key to Preparing Next Generation
A new survey identifies resounding support for educational exchanges, study abroad, and foreign language learning. Americans in overwhelming numbers believe that international education is a key to preparing their children for success in the global age.

Bush Announces Foreign Language Initiative at University Presidents Summit
On January 5, 2006, President Bush launched the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), an administration effort to address national security concerns by increasing the number of Americans learning 'critical-need' foreign languages."

“Global Competence and National Needs”
On November 3, the Commission on Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program approved its report to the President and Congress. “The report introduces study abroad as a topic for national discussion. The fact that the Administration and Congress appointed this bi-partisan commission to recommend a national program to greatly increase the number of Americans studying abroad, particularly in diverse locations, demonstrates the priority our government has given to Americans becoming better educated about the rest of the world.”

Report links studying abroad with diplomacy
Giving more American college students an international education is key to addressing the United States' increasing security and diplomacy challenges in the Middle East and economic challenges from China and India .

Been Overlooking Study Abroad?
The independent weekly student newspaper at UIC, the Chicago Flame, interviews Study Abroad Office staff and students on campus about study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities.

Looking Outside the Box for Global Citizenship
International Educator, May / June, 2005
How, on study abroad programs, a student "group's diversity allows them to see themselves and each other in a different light".

An Alliance for Tomorrow's Workforce
International Educator, May/June 2005
How business leaders value an international experience as they take steps to "retain, attract, and develop capable workers".

Classroom in the Clouds: Connecting People and Biology
International Educator, Mar./Apr. 2005
How experiential education through study abroad helps students realign theory of the classroom with reality in the field.

Study Abroad Myths Debunked, Ampersand
The Honors College Monthly, Pg 5, Feb., 2005
The value of, and how to, study abroad as a UIC undergraduate.

Classrooms Without Walls
International Educator, Jan/Feb. 2005
Experiential learning and study abroad.

When students study abroad, the world is their classroom
UIC News, Sept. 8, 2004
UIC students talk about their experiences studying abroad.

On the Backs of Turtles
International Educator, Summer 2004
Curriculum development in study abroad and the fostering of an intentional learner.


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