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Why You Should Attend

In this webinar, you will:

  • Hear three student abroad learning experts discuss ongoing shifts in study abroad attitudes and practices.
  • Review key findings from recent education abroad research.
  • Gain strategies from six exemplary study abroad programs that are intervening to help students learn and develop more effectively.

Webinar Description

Are our education abroad programs all too often failing to support the learning we expect of our students? Regional accrediting bodies are asking higher educational institutions across the United States to provide more and better evidence that their students are learning. Education abroad programming is not immune to these calls for accountability, and faculty and staff are increasingly shifting the focus of their efforts from simply working to increase student enrollments to asking what their students are in fact learning abroad.

The forthcoming book, Student Learning Abroad: What Students Are Learning, What They Are Not, and What We Can Do About It, addresses this ongoing shift. The book's editors, Michael Vande Berg, R. Michael Paige, and Kris Hemming Lou, offer a framework that describes ongoing paradigmatic shifts in our thinking about student learning abroad. The book’s authors review recent research assessing student learning and development abroad; discuss insights from a wide range of disciplines—psychology, education, anthropology, experiential learning theory, developmental theory, intercultural relations, and neuroscience—that together converge around the emerging experiential-constructivist view of human learning; and describe six exemplar study abroad programs that, grounded in this emerging view, are helping students learn and develop in ways that educators have long hoped that they will.


Michael Vande Berg, PhD
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Michael Vande Berg, PhD, is vice president for academic affairs at CIEE. He earlier held international education leadership positions at Georgetown University, SIT, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo College, and Madrid's Instituto International. A founding board member of the Forum on Education Abroad, he has authored numerous publications on international education topics and has directed several study abroad research projects. A senior member of the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, he frequently speaks about education abroad topics and leads teaching/learning workshops in the United States and abroad.

R. Michael Paige, PhD
Professor, International and Intercultural Education, Department of Educational Policy and Administration
University of Minnesota

R. Michael Paige, PhD, is a professor of international and intercultural education in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota. An intercultural and international educator for more than 40 years, he has been honored with the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award by the Forum on Education Abroad (2007) and as senior interculturalist by SIETAR Japan (2003). He serves on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and has been a visiting scholar at Kenyatta University, Nagoya University, and the University of South Australia. Paige has authored numerous intercultural texts, including the Maximizing Study Abroad guides and Education for the Intercultural Experience. He has been a NAFSA member since 1977.

Kris Hemming Lou, PhD
Director, Office of International Education; Associate Professor, International Studies
Willamette University

Kris Hemming Lou, PhD, is director of international education and associate professor of international studies at Willamette University. An intercultural and international educator for more than 20 years, he has taught in Austria, Japan, and the United States and held administrative positions in international education in Germany and the United States. He is an active member of AIEA, CIEE, EAIE, the Forum on Education Abroad, ISEP, and NAFSA, and presents frequently on issues of intercultural learning abroad. He is CEO of Hemming & Weber Consulting, LLC, which provides intercultural consulting services to educational institutions.