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1 Study Abroad: Now More Than Ever
Your Institution, Department, Your Name, Title

2 Getting Started Start planning now!
Applications for programs are generally due well in advance. Start by researching the options available by visiting the Study Abroad office and speaking with a program advisor one year before you would like to travel.

3 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
With the realities of globalization today, the options Latino students have for studying abroad are endless. Whether you decide on Paris or Paraguay, Brazil or Bangladesh, Guatemala or Ghana, there are countless reasons why you should participate in a study abroad program. Here are our top ten...

4 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
See the world and broaden your experience You can expand your knowledge of the world by actually being there, seeing it, touching it, and experiencing it. Pictures in text books simply do not do justice to standing under the Eiffel Tower or on the Great Wall of China. Is there a place or landmark you have always wanted to see? This is how you can understand the world in a direct, all-encompassing way.

5 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Gain a new perspective on your own country. See the U.S. with new eyes. Being immersed in one country tends to give us a limited view of our world. Traveling outside the country will show you how America affects and fits into all of humanity. From the vantage point of someone else’s culture you can truly see your own. By being exposed to so many diverse traditions you will understand the significance of keeping your own traditions alive.

6 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Explore your heritage. Getting in touch with your family’s heritage can be another strong motivation to study abroad. Many Latino/a students report tremendous educational and personal benefits from exploring countries where their families have roots. Whether your family recently immigrated to the U.S. or has lived here for decades, and whether you are discovering your family’s culture for the first time or interested in learning more, study abroad can provide you with an opportunity to get in touch with your heritage and explore your own identity.

7 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Improve your professional and financial potential. International experience is a critical and impressive part of any resume. In addition to the personal growth you’ll undergo while overseas, the international and cross-cultural skills you’ll develop will certainly expand your employment opportunities and, consequently, your income potential. Many Latino students who study abroad in Spanish speaking countries find that they are able to build upon and improve their Spanish language skills, giving them an instant advantage in the highly competitive workforce.

8 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Become a full-time learner. Many students who go abroad report that in addition to enjoying and learning in their classes during the week, they learn some of the most valuable lessons outside of the classroom. Weekend excursions to museums and cultural sites also add to your academic and personal growth. You learn to interact with people who may not necessarily think or communicate like you. While in a foreign country, even mundane activities – like shopping for groceries –become educational experiences.

9 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Gain new insights and outlooks through relationships. Study abroad returnees often report meeting others with whom they expected to have no common ground, and then discovering that, despite being from different parts of the globe, they have much in common and much to learn from one another. As a Latino, you may also meet other minority students similar to yourself who can share with you their experiences and give you the support you need while living abroad. These relationships, insights, and outlooks are a critical part of the study abroad experience.

10 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Fight stereotypes by educating others. There is a challenge that many Latino students face abroad. Many other cultures only have experience with Latino through the media (i.e. music, movies, television, etc.). Latino-American students may become frustrated when the same stereotypes from home follow them overseas. However, this is also a unique opportunity to educate others about who you are as an individual and as a group. This is your chance to be an individual, as well as a representative of your culture, and to encourage positive understanding of global diversity.

11 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Dispel your own stereotypes. Studying abroad gives you a chance to break down some of your own stereotypes as well. Not only will you have the chance to immerse yourself in another culture, you will also meet people from different backgrounds and make personal connections with people whom you may have never expected. If traveling to your family’s native country, you may be surprised to find that you don’t in fact know everything about your own culture – stereotypes you have about yourself and your culture might be inaccurate!

12 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Take control of your future. During your time abroad, you will be exposed to countless different experiences that may influence the rest of your life. The vast majority of study abroad students report feeling more independent, self-confident, and knowledgeable of the world around them. After studying abroad, you may find your travels have had a profound influence on your career or personal goals. If you wish to continue with your higher education into either a masters or a doctorate, study abroad experience will give an edge on the competition.

13 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
See what influenced these great Latino Hispanic leaders. A number of Latino-Americans were strongly shaped by their international experiences, including: Geraldo Rivera, journalist and veteran foreign correspondent

14 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
Dr. Antonia Novello, the first Latina-American and first woman to be appointed to the post of Surgeon General of the United States

15 Reasons For Latino Hispanic Students to Study Abroad
“As a nation we must do more to reach out to the world and bridge cultural and social understanding.” Gaddi Vasquez First Latino Director of the Peace Corps

16 Reasons For Latino Students to Study Abroad
“The more I think about peace, I think peace starts and ends in connection. When we connect, we learn about the other. It's not tolerance, but understanding, acceptance. In the connection, everything starts to happen.” Isabel Allende Latin American Author

17 Global Competencies Individuals must acquire and demonstrate a number of skills or competencies to be able to live and work successfully in a global economy and a diverse society of people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries. These skills are often characterized as global competencies

18 Develop Your Global Competencies Through Study Abroad!
To find out how you can study abroad, please contact: Name of Your Institution Office of Study Abroad Location Contact Information

19 Why I Studied Abroad… Now that students have heard various reasons to study abroad, you can help to inspire them and personalize your presentation by telling them what motivated you to study abroad. You may offer a unique perspective, or what ultimately made you study abroad might be what a student needs to hear to decide to study abroad themselves. Add some of your own pictures!

20 Study Abroad Programs Here you can add information about the Study Abroad opportunities offered by your institution. Be creative! Add pictures taken by students on the programs, student testimonials, and any special information that would be helpful to share with students in order to encourage them to participate.

21 Students say…. “Two of the biggest misconceptions made by students are that they don't have the time or the money to study abroad. As far as financing issues are concerned, my own study was funded entirely by scholarships and grants that were only available for students wishing to study abroad.” “The time factor is another issue that regularly pops up as a reason for not studying abroad…I can only say that the year I spent abroad was the best year of my life. Why give up the best year of your life so that you can graduate a little earlier?”

22 Funding Your Study Abroad
Financial Aid At many institutions, financial aid transfers to Study Abroad Programs Scholarships Advance Planning and Budgeting

23 Funding Your Study Abroad
The cost of living in some countries is less than in the U.S. Not all programs cost the same—shop around. Depending on the duration of your program, the flight there can be a significant portion of the expenses. Flights to countries closer to home or frequently visited, and student tickets purchased well in advance, tend to be cheaper.

24 Financial Aid Tips This slide could be used for listing scholarships available for study abroad through your institution or websites where students can look for scholarships. This will also be appealing to parents, as they are often concerned about the price of study abroad and are not aware of the financial aid options.

25 Coursework With careful planning, students in any major or college can fit an international program into their curriculum and still maintain regular progress towards graduation. Depending on the program chosen, it is likely that there will be courses available in any major or minor, or courses which apply toward completion of elective or General Education requirements.

26 Coursework As you are selecting a program, check with your academic advisor on: How to transfer back your study abroad courses What requirements there are for the courses to count What the courses will count for (GEs, major, minor, electives)

27 Lincoln Commission Recommendations
The demographics of the U.S. undergraduate student studying abroad population should be similar to that of the U.S. undergraduate student population. Efforts are to be made to expand the number of American students studying in nontraditional countries. Diversity of students, institutions, and destinations should be a hallmark of the Lincoln Study Abroad Program The proportion of study abroad students who are enrolled in community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and institutions serving large numbers of low-income students will be similar to their share of the undergraduate population

28 Tools for Finding a Program
Home Campus Study Abroad Office/Resource Center: The best place to look for a study abroad program is your U.S. home campus study abroad office (where available). The staff can help you through the process of finding a program, applying, participating, and returning home. Other Universities: More often than not, students can travel with different schools and still earn credit at their home university. Check with your study abroad office to learn about transferring credits beforehand! A great website for students unable to find an appropriate program through a school or institution. You can search for other similar sites to find programs. Reference Books: Peterson’s Study Abroad is a comprehensive reference book available every year Friends/Family: Ask someone you know about their travels!

29 Tools for Finding a Program
Summer Study Abroad, IIE Academic Year Abroad, and IIE Short-Term Study Abroad. They include detailed explanations and descriptions of many study abroad programs. Websites: There are a number of websites with information about available study abroad programs. Some websites we recommend are:,, IIEPassport, and Peterson’s.

30 How I Found My Study Abroad Program
Students will be interested to hear what techniques worked for you when you were in the preliminary stages of studying abroad. By offering your experience on this matter, students may be more likely to use your tools for finding a program.

31 Where Can You Go?







38 I Studied In… Students know that there is a big world of study abroad possibilities. However, certain locations come to mind more than others. Tell students about your experience in a certain country, and explain your motivation for going there to help them better choose a location to study abroad.

39 Room and Board Living arrangements vary from one location to another. Possibilities include university residence halls, staying with a host family in a private home, sharing an apartment, and boarding houses. In some cases you will have a meal plan similar to those at your home institution. In other cases, you or your host family will be responsible for providing meals.

40 My time spent living with/by…
Living with another family or by yourself can seem daunting to many students. Help quell their fears by telling them what you experienced, and what are the positive aspects of this type of arrangement. You could include pictures or a funny story about something that was unexpected or a cultural difference.

41 Advancing Tolerance and Understanding
Clearly, we need to use education to advance tolerance and understanding. Perhaps more than ever, international understanding is essential to world peace- understanding between faiths, between nations, between cultures. Today, we know that just as no nation is immune to conflict or suffering, no nation can defend itself alone. We need each other- as friends, as allies, as partners- in a struggle for common values and common needs. Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General

42 Preparing For Your Future
“In the 21st Century, there will be only two kinds of people: Those who think globally and those who are looking for work.” Peter F. Drucker Writer, Management Consultant, Professor

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