NAFSA’s Big Green eBook

March 24, 2015

By Michael Feighner

For busy professionals on the go, NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators (Guide to EA) is now even easier to access as an eBook for Kindle, Apple iBook, and Android devices. Along with the traditional print version, NAFSA's Guide to EA eBook was revised in late 2014 by more than two dozen experienced international education professionals. This updated edition is filled with the latest best practices and innovations in the field of education abroad. Everyone from advisers to managers to campus leaders will find this publication helpful with all parts of their job, from daily interactions to strategy and more. Download the eBook today and keep this interactive resource at your fingertips.

Education Abroad: More Universal

The three editors of the Guide to EA, Magnolia E. Hernandez, Margaret Wiedenhoeft, and David Wick, recently hosted a Collegial Conversation on the NAFSA website to introduce the new edition and discuss the revisions. Chief among the changes was the effort to make the publication more universal, according to Hernandez. "The guide has a more universal scope this time around--it speaks to professionals in education abroad at all levels and in all education abroad settings--U.S. colleges and universities, study abroad providers, and international institutions of higher education, to name a few. It speaks directly to the professionalization of the field and to folks at all levels and in all sectors of education abroad," says Hernandez.

"Since it has been almost 10 years [from the last revision], there has been a lot that has changed in the field and the foundational knowledge necessary has expanded a bit. For example, IE folks understand better theories behind student development in college, and this can contribute to more effective and targeted advising efforts," adds Wiedenhoeft.

As for those changes to the field, Hernandez highlights accountability and assessment, comprehensive internationalization, resource allocation, and the shifting demographics of study abroad students as a few of the issues that necessitated the Guide to EA's revision. "There is also a greater focus on how institutions respond to crises and risk management, especially given the increase in the number of students studying abroad as well as the expansion of options for education abroad destinations," she adds.

One Size Fits All

The Guide to EA is a resource that spans the continuum from entry-level to leadership positions. "The first section focuses on the work of study abroad advisers and provides examples and guidance for managing the day-to-day process of getting students on study abroad programs. Other sections provide theoretical and scholarly frameworks for study abroad, details on how to manage a study abroad office, and guidance on vital areas such as health and safety and risk management," says Wick.

All of the chapters, written by different authors from a variety of institutions, also contain real-world scenarios and ways for readers to explore more on a given topic. "Each of the authors was asked to provide concrete and tangible advice and approaches so that readers could interpret and apply new ideas in their work. In addition, we asked each author to include references from practitioner and scholarly literature so that readers would have access to the practical and theoretical information," adds Wick.

Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of the eBook and bring this essential guide with you wherever you go. DownloadNAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators, Fourth Edition, and explore many other education abroad resources in the NAFSA Bookstore.


SHARE THIS POST