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NAFSA e-Publications are convenient web-based resources available for today's international educator interested in a variety of topics. Each resource offers special features including web pages, downloadable and printable PDFs, and customized tools, such as case studies and exercises; worksheets and sample forms; and detailed checklists.

Featured e-Publications

Handbook on Financial Aid for Study Abroad, Revised Edition
This e-publication provides an overview of the aid available for education abroad and how to establish procedures to package and distribute that aid.

Internationalizing Education for the Health Professions
This e-Publication explores challenges and opportunities related to internationalizing education for the health professions.

Mapping the Landscape: Accreditation and the International Dimensions of U.S. Higher Education
This e-publication is intended to help international educators, faculty, and administrators understand how accreditation affects internationalization and how it can be used to promote and improve internationalization within their institutions.

Improving International Student Experiences
This e-publication helps make the connection between NAFSA's international student retention report, Bridging the Gap: Recruitment and Retention to Improve International Student Experiences, and real-world programming designed to ensure international student success.

Integrating Internationalization into STEM Education
This e-publication explores challenges and opportunities related to internationalizing the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Developing Sustainable Resources for Internationalization
This e-publication provides international education professionals with the information they need to successfully obtain funding and resources to support their internationalization efforts.

Bridging the Gap: Recruitment and Retention to Improve International Student Experiences
This e-publication raises important questions about what we know about the experience of undergraduate international students at U.S. higher education institutions.

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating
This joint e-publication of NAFSA and the Association of American Colleges and Universities provides a definition and rationale for global learning, a term widely used but with differing meanings across higher education.

Successful Relationships with Recruiting Agents
Sharing basic information and tips related to successfully managing relationships with recruitment agencies, this e-publication provides readers with key considerations and strategies for making informed decisions in relation to policy and practice.

Recent Developments in Cooperation with Latin America
This new e-publication continues the conversation about opportunities and obstacles to student and faculty mobility and research collaboration between the United States and Latin America.

International Enrollment Management Strategic Planning
Offering an integrated, holistic approach to international enrollment management, this e-publication includes input from a wide variety of institutional stakeholders.

Advising International Students with Disabilities
This e-publication can assist advisers who work with international students who have disabilities. Among the topics covered are invisible and visible disabilities; etiquette when speaking about disabilities; insurance; visas; facilitating communication; affordable and appropriate housing; travel issues; suggested orientation folder contents; and more.

Global Classrooms, Global Teachers: Building Cross-Cultural Competence through Experiences Abroad
Engaged international experience is a critical element in building current and preservice teachers’ global competency and cross-cultural skills. However, not all teacher education programs leave room for international experiential learning opportunities.

Hiring International Employees: Model Practices and Key Topics in Creating an Immigration Sponsorship Program
If your institution is creating or reevaluating immigration sponsorship policies for the hiring of international employees, this comprehensive resource offers detailed information on commonly used visa categories, best practices for creating or refining policy, the benefits and challenges of sponsorship, and more.

Improving and Assessing Global Learning
This e-publication on institutional efforts to improve and assess global learning looks in detail at initiatives undertaken by three institutions in the United States: Florida International University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Juniata College.

By Example: Resources for Education Abroad Offices and Advisers
Revised and completely updated, this e-publication is a compendium of sample forms and publications typically needed, produced, and used when administering programs in education abroad offices. Included in this updated edition is a new chapter on blogs and social media. Use this publication to see what other institutions are doing and adapt these samples for your own purposes.

New Approaches to Cooperation with Latin America
While increased student mobility and research collaboration between Latin America and the United States is beneficial for both regions, many academic institutions on either end face consistent challenges attracting students. Agencies in both Latin America and the United States discuss recommendations for improved collaboration and best practice, strengthened global partnerships, and understanding.

Collaborative Partnerships: Building Effective Sponsored Student Programs
Successful sponsored program administration requires clear and frequent communication between a student’s sponsor, the program managing organization, and the educational or training institution. This guide offers clear definitions of the roles and responsibilities of each partner, modern examples, possible issues of conflict, and suggestions for best practice.

Toward Globally Competent Pedagogy
Globally competent students require globally competent teachers. Yet often global education lacks a common definition. Using theory, research, and best practice from leading professionals in the field, this e-publication outlines frameworks for defining and implementing global competency in K-12 classrooms, along with strategies for first bringing this knowledge and training into teacher preparation programs.

Leading Comprehensive Internationalization: Strategy and Tactics for Action
This publication presents a flexible leadership framework for the what, why, and how of both strategy and action for comprehensive internationalization. A complement to John K. Hudzik’s earlier publication, Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action, Hudzik combines forces with JoAnn McCarthy (former assistant provost for international affairs at the University of Pennsylvania) to provide useful guidelines, illustrated with examples from a variety of institutions.

Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad
Much of the increased interest in curriculum integration of study abroad is a result of faculty and international education professionals responding to mandates to internationalize the campus and the undergraduate student learning experience. But many times faculty and staff in higher education not associated with the international offices may assume that "international" is already included as a topic area in the curriculum and that no more needs to be done to further integrate it.

Measuring and Assessing Internationalization
This paper discusses two distinct but complementary frameworks for evaluating the results of internationalization: the performance of institutions and student learning outcomes. Written by Madeleine F. Green, current senior fellow at NAFSA and at the International Association of Universities, this 26-page e-publication asserts that institutions can and should work on these frameworks simultaneously and use them to inform each other. Multiple sources of reference for this are given throughout the paper.

Zinch China White Paper Series
This series of white papers with important, key information on understanding and developing effective recruitment strategies in China is offered through a partnership between NAFSA and Zinch, a NAFSA Global Partner.

Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action
This e-publication presents a thorough introduction to the emerging imperative of a broader scope and scale of internationalization. Beyond "campus internationalization," comprehensive internationalization can be the organizing paradigm for institutions as a whole, academic departments, or professional programs.

Assessment and Evaluation for International Educators
This document provides essential background and information to allow international educators to participate in assessment and evaluation, and it summarizes what is being done and by whom, identifying key resources and existing practices for international educators.

Evaluating Foreign Educational Credentials: An Introductory Guide
This publication helps you make sense of foreign educational credentials, giving you a starting point for evaluations. Example documents are shown throughout. Topics covered include an overview of the U.S. education system, accreditation, documentation required for credential evaluation, how to research foreign educational systems, evaluation of secondary school credentials, and more.

Internationalization of Teacher Education: Three Case Studies
This report profiles three innovative teacher education programs that aim to help new teachers adopt a global perspective and transfer it to their K–12 students. The profiled institutions have made great strides in the internationalization of teacher education. NAFSA thanks the Longview Foundation for its support for this report.

Seeking Deeper, More Enduring Ties with Asia and Australia
A few dozen representatives of higher education in the United States, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore participated in the invitational forum, "New Approaches to Cooperation with Asia and Australia," which NAFSA organized in 2009, to discuss the opportunities that institutions have to forge closer U.S.-Asia-Pacific ties.

Education Abroad Advising to Students with Disabilities
This guide gives education abroad advisers resources they need to advise U.S. students with disabilities. It includes advising guidelines; definitions of disabilities; tools for identifying student disability-related accommodation needs; methods to assess overseas accommodation; ways to foster disclosure so that advisers are informed about student needs before the student leaves home; and web links to additional resources and in-depth information about particular areas.

Online Guide to Educational Systems Around the World
These documents are updates to those in the 1999 publication A Guide to Educational Systems Around the World (which was an update to The Handbook on the Placement of Foreign Graduate Students, published in 1990 and colloquially known as the "Graduate Handbook.") The guide is broken down into a PDF for each country that provides lists of credentials and other data to be used both for undergraduate and graduate admissions.

The Bologna Process: International Educator 2007 Supplement
This e-publication covers an overview of the Bologna Process and looks back at the past 20 years of progress. There are also articles on the future of the process and implications for education professionals around the world. Topics include the Bologna Process timeline; the Bologna Process in the United States; strategies for dealing with the Bologna Process; the impact on U.S. competitiveness; implications for the U.S. curriculum; specific information for credential evaluators, admissions professionals, education abroad professionals, and campus deans and administrators; and a look ahead to the future of the Bologna Process.

Best Practices in Addressing Mental Health Issues Affecting Education Abroad Participants
Essential for today's education abroad professional, this resource fills a gap in the literature on advising students about mental health issues. The e-publication features seven chapters and additional resources with information related to addressing student mental health concerns, predeparture, and how to handle emergencies abroad. You can download two of the chapters–Mental Health Concerns: What Are They and How Can Professionals Help? and Handling Emergencies Abroad - as separate PDFs for easier use. NAFSA thanks T.W. Lord & Associates, a NAFSA Global Partner, for underwriting this project.

Financial Aid and College Education Abroad Basics for High School Guidance Counselors and Students
Resource designed for high school guidance counselors and their students, providing a brief overview of education abroad financial aid, and its rules and guidelines on how it can be used. The first chapter is written for guidance counselors, while the second chapter provides students a series of questions they should ask college admissions advisers and financial aid officers during their college search. It also includes a sample budget worksheet to help with determining the cost of study abroad and how any gain/loss of financial aid would impact their budget. NAFSA thanks American Institute for Foreign Study and Cultural Insurance Services International, NAFSA Global Partners, for underwriting this project.

NAFSA Financial Aid Resource for International Education
For international education advisers and the students they advise. Discover a variety of useful resources and advising tips for assisting students to locate and apply for financial aid. You'll discover a glossary of key financial aid terms, suggestions on financial aid packaging, a special section for students pursuing financial assistance, links to searchable financial aid databases, and printable worksheets and templates. Suggestions for creating an advising timeline are also included. This e-publication is a great starting point for professionals advising students studying outside their home country. NAFSA thanks The Lee Foundation for underwriting this project.

Strengthening Study Abroad: Recommendations for Effective Institutional Management
The growth of study abroad—an integral part of any campus internationalization effort—brings with it new challenges for presidents, senior administrators, and study abroad professionals. Like any other rapidly expanding activity, study abroad needs the attention of top campus leaders to ensure that it is integrated into the academic program; operates in a fashion that is consistent with sound business practices related to contracting, risk management, and accountability; and serves the needs of students. Getting that balance right is ultimately the responsibility of institutional leadership. The report is intended to prompt discussion and reflection at the highest levels on university and college campuses about how each institution can effectively integrate, sustain, and strengthen study abroad.


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