UK global student mobility Vast majority of global student mobility is via exchanges Large numbers of study/work abroad is via Erasmus+ within Europe UK students are typically interested in Destinations outside Europe English-speaking countries Growth in government-supported programs Faculty-led programs in the minority Use of third party providers very uncommon The UK approach to internationalization is changing
Motivation for Exchange Participation Affordability for Public “In-State” tuition payers Relationships between institutions Prestige factor, institutional name recognition
Academic Drivers University Globalization Initiatives American Studies Programs (U.K. = required study in U.S.) Academic Overlap, Unique Study/Research Opportunity Additional Degree, Certificate or Option Foreign Language Study General Education Credits, etc.
National Initiatives UK International experience initiatives e.g. #DMUglobal Globally Governments developing international education strategies
Why is your institution not seeking exchange partners at this time? (US respondents only)
Changes in the revenue generation model in the UK Tuition fees were introduced in the UK in 1998: up to £1,000/year Tuition fees increased since then from £3,000/year to £9,000/year Different rules for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales Reduced tuition fees possible for those who study/work abroad as part of their degree program, depending on the university
Examples of successful reciprocal exchange programs University of Nottingham Korea University, Seoul University of Nottingham Sciences Po, Paris Oregon State University Lincoln University, New Zealand Oregon State University City University of Hong Kong
Who manages exchanges? Departments - greater ‘ownership’ of exchange vs. resources Main international office - mandate as ‘gatekeeper’ role Conflicts from interpretations of maintaining the exchange balance vs. value of the exchange partnership to the department
Negotiating terms of student exchange agreement Many universities have a student exchange agreement template The main international/education abroad office plays an integral role
Partnership Concept of partnership is key Synergy between academics, department, and institution Relationship is not only between academics, but administrators Exchanges based solely on personal relationships or to ‘look good on the books’ are less likely to be successful
Managing the balance Integral (or ‘not-so-integral’) part of any exchange agreement What happens if balance is not maintained? Problems with counting
Managing an exchange vs. other program models Common education abroad duties Outreach and marketing Student advising Program management Financial management such as budget, billing, accounting, and enrollment management Risk and crisis management Program evaluation Pre-departure orientation Exchange – incoming and outgoing Student application process: requirements for participation Negotiating exchange placements Managing the balance Advertising for incoming students Welcome orientation for incoming students Advocating for incoming students on- campus Transcript evaluation for both incoming and outgoing Be familiar with international student regulations that impact student exchange
Some recommendations for exchange administration
Proposal for future leadership in this arena Exchange SIG with NAFSA Additional Opportunities to discuss exchange at Regional NAFSA, NACADA, other professional organizations Exchange for professionals, faculty – getting to know partners Participation in Fulbright and other learning opportunities abroad Organize, advocate, document successes
Breakout sessions People from universities with initiatives, support, subsidies or other incentives for study abroad Universities with curricular offerings that require study abroad Public/Private institutions, differences (may break out by some other distinguishing facet such as): Consortium institutions (Univ of California system, for example) Country-to-country consortiums (Erasmus) Historically Black Colleges, Women’s Colleges other private or target- population institutions Under-represented students as a whole: Non-traditional students, minority students, differently-abled student populations Example: National exchange between Tuskeegee U. & OSU
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