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Preparing students is a critical component of the study abroad cycle. It sets the stage for successes abroad and can avoid needless stress for students overseas and their advisors. This webinar will help you get today's student ready for a meaningful education abroad experience.

Advising and orientation models are evolving - students are now more comfortable with virtual preparation using technology. While students are primarily concerned with logistics, advisers must also provide them with cross-cultural preparation.

Education abroad advising and orientation must also change to meet the needs of the “non-traditional.” Campus demographics now include more part-time, older, and ethnically diverse students. These students are less likely to fit our typical profile of a liberal arts major, instead focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills or graduate study.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Implement model practices to engage students effectively using virtual and face-to-face preparation.
  • Add relevant cross-cultural content while covering logistical and safety concerns.
  • Identify common challenges and solutions for preparing non-traditional students.

This webinar will appeal to professionals from education abroad, student affairs, and one-person offices.

Registrants will also receive a coupon for 15% off NAFSA publications, such as the 4th Edition Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators.

Sharing NAFSA webinars is a cost-effective way to stay informed on the latest topics facing the field. Invite as many attendees as you wish for the price of one registration! Not able to attend? Purchase the recording for future use.


Eric CannyEric Canny
Augsburg College

Eric A. Canny is dean of global education at Augsburg College, where he oversees the award-winning Center for Global Education and Experience. He has held previous positions as executive director of World: International Learning at Stetson University, and director of international initiatives at the University of North Texas. At New York University, Eric was director of global student services, coordinating services for the largest study abroad program in the world, with more than 4,000 students annually. He has opened U.S. higher educational institutions in Argentina, China, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, and the United Kingdom, and has overseen the expansion of existing programs in Chile, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand.

Eric presents globally on a range of topics and has authored book chapters on international education issues. He received his bachelor of fine arts and MA from New York University, and is pursuing his doctoral work at the University of Southern California.

Nasha LewisNasha Lewis
Virginia Commonwealth University

Nasha Lewis has worked in the field of international education for more than 7 years. She is currently education abroad program manager in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Education Office. Nasha has presented sessions at the NAFSA Region 8 Conference, including “Engaging International Alumni” and “Site Unseen: Study Abroad Advising for Location You have Not Visited." She has also conducted poster sessions at NAFSA annual conferences in Vancouver, Houston, and St. Louis, including “Minority Faculty: The Key to Diversifying Study Abroad,” “Strategic Expansion: Implementing student organizations in study abroad,” and “Interactive Learning: Engaging students during the pre-departure orientation.” Nasha enjoys working on international education projects related to diversity, student preparation, and technology.