Wesleyan considers study abroad to be an essential part of a liberal arts education for students majoring in any subject. A meaningful cross-cultural experience sharpens our understanding of ourselves in relation to the world in which we live. It is the best means for achieving the intercultural expertise and multilingualism that our students will need for exercising leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.


Apr 17

Faculty & Staff Workshop - Before they Go: Creating Critical Campus-Wide Pre-Departure Support for Study Abroad Students

12:15 pm

Fisk Hall - FCGS Commons

On-campus pre-departure support is an important yet often overlooked opportunity to prepare students for the challenges they will face, elevate the quality of their learning, improve the ethics of their engagement abroad, and integrate study abroad into the liberal arts curriculum. Though the bulk of responsibility for student preparation rightfully falls to the Office of Study Abroad, the task of maximizing a students potential to learn and engage with their study abroad experience in a high-quality way must be a holistic campus-wide endeavor. Drawing from a decade of original research including extensive student interviews, this workshop will facilitate discussion and provide training to faculty and staff from across the University so as to enable us to better support students, maximize positive learning outcomes, and more fully align study abroad with the educational expectations and ethical standards of a Wesleyan education. *Lunch will be provided* About the Presenter Talya Zemach-Bersin received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2015, and her BA from Wesleyan in 2007, where she first began researching the history, politics, and ethics of study abroad. Over the past decade, Talya has published influential articles and book chapters on study abroad, spoken at numerous international education conferences, and worked as a consultant for foundations and institutions of higher education. Her research has been supported by the New York University Center for the United States and the Cold War, the Council on International Educational Exchange, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Talya is currently a lecturer in the Education Studies Program at Yale University, and her first book, Education and the Making of American Globalism, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.


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