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Transitions Abroad Magazine

Student Guide to Studying, Volunteering, and Working Overseas

Fall 2007 Vol. 1, NO.1

Transitions Abroad Student Guide Student Guide to Study Abroad

In Every Issue

  • News & Notes
  • Resources
  • Program Listings

Tips for the Road
The World at Your Doorstep Chris O'Neal

Abroad at Home
Keeping a Journal Jessica Hayden
Seven Ways to Succeed Genevieve Wareham

First Person
The Other Side of Home James Scott

Point / Counterpoint
Women and the Global Generation Sarah S. Bush and Christina Madden

Study Abroad Advisor
Responsible Travel and Study Abroad Astrid Jirka

International Career Advisor
Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience Jean-Marc Hachey

Gap Year Pre-College, College, Post-Graduate
Take Time Off Mira Murphy
Travel Before Grad School Brooke Schedneck

Study Abroad
Direct Enrollment at Cambridge or Oxford Amanda Ruggeri
Study Abroad on a Budget Spencer Klein
Study at Sea Jennifer Barone
Study at the Sorbonne Courtney Lichterman
Living with a Host Family in South America Heidi Resetarits
Learning Flamenco in Seville Aimee Hughes

Work, Intern, Volunteer Abroad
Find a Business Internship Abroad Mike Kerlin
Embassy Internships Shawn Abrams
Enrich Your Experience with Study, Work, and Independent Research Alicia Seegers Martinelli
Make Your Own Opportunities: A College Grad’s Guide to Employment and Volunteerism Abroad Caitlin Elizabeth Oberst
Gain Professional Experience Through Community Service and Global Teaching Internships Brianne Goodspeed
How to Get a Fulbright Rose Aslan
Volunteering in Costa Rica Matthew E. Miller

Between Here and There Rebekah Meek

From The Editor

It’s Transitions Abroad’s 30th anniversary and it’s The Year of Study Abroad. We have so many reasons to celebrate!

The shared timing of these two milestones is especially fitting, since Dr. Clay A. Hubbs founded Transitions Abroad in 1977 to spread the word about educational opportunities abroad. “Formal education programs would be at the center of it—after all, I was a college teacher and it was primarily for students that my colleagues and I started the publication,” he wrote. “We would, however, cover all the opportunities for international education, including work and travel and, of course, living or immersion in another culture.”

Clay had observed, from his experience as a study abroad adviser at Hampshire College, that students “were more open to learning after having encountered cultural values and ways of life different from those they had hitherto taken for granted.”

Since those early days when Transitions Abroad was one of few resources dedicated to education abroad, times have changed and now there is much greater support for the internationalization of higher education. Increasingly, colleges and universities are internationalizing their curriculums, and more students than ever are pursuing opportunities to learn overseas. The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) “Open Doors” 2005 annual report on study abroad found that U.S. student participation in study abroad has almost tripled since the mid 1980s, with more than 180,000 students having studied abroad in 2003-2004—and this statistic does not include the sizeable number of students working, interning, and volunteering abroad.

While the future of international education looks promising, in the context of the overall undergraduate student population, we still have a long way to go toward becoming “globalized.” Only about one percent of U.S. undergraduate students participate in study abroad during their degree program, according to the U.S. Department of Education; and, IIE data shows that although American students continue to study abroad in larger numbers, they do so for shorter time periods.

At a time when greater international awareness and understanding is critical, it is regrettable that still so few students take advantage of this most important educational opportunity. For this reason, we are publishing two new biannual issues of Transitions Abroad called “The Student Guide to Studying, Volunteering, and Working Overseas.” These special issues will be delivered biannually to Institutional Subscribers in September and February. We hope that they will provide high school, college, and post-graduate students with the practical information they need to consider an overseas experience and make the best choices. Each issue will cover the many different types of opportunities available—from formal study, to volunteering, to paid work and internships, to scholarships, and low-cost international travel and living.

We invite students and education abroad professionals to contribute articles for these special issues of Transitions Abroad. Guidelines are available on our website. We also encourage students to participate in Transitions Abroad’s upcoming 2006-2007 annual Student Writing Contest. For more details, see the Student Writing Contest Guidelines.

Please write to us with your suggestions and editorial ideas. We look forward to sending you the next Transitions Abroad “Student Guide” in February 2007.

Sherry Schwarz

Transitions Abroad

Publisher and Editor
Sherry Schwarz
Founding Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Web Content Editor
Gregory Hubbs
Nashima Gokani
Advertising Manager
Kate McGrail
Office Manager
Patricia Bolognani
Editorial Assistant
Jessica Hayden
Victoria Churchill

Contributing Editors
Bill Mohan (High School International Opportunities)
Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson (Gap Year)
Jean-Marc Hachey (International Careers)
Michele Scheib (Disability Travel)
Susan Griffith (Work Abroad)
William Nolting (International Education & Work)
Zahara Heckscher (Volunteering Abroad)

On The Cover
A sunset stroll with locals on Baobab Avenue, outside Morondava, Madagascar. Photo by Charlene Rogulewski

Charley Rogulewski, a Chicago native, spent her 2004 spring semester in Madagascar on The School for International Training (SIT) Culture and Humanity program. While there she completed an independent study titled “Rockin’ in Madagascar,” which followed the lives of three distinct Malagasy music groups. “It was an international basis for what I am doing now,” the University of Colorado in Boulder graduate says of the life-changing experience. Today, relocated in New York City, Ms. Rogulewski writes for Rolling Stone and Mean Magazine.

Mission Statement
Transitions Abroad is the only publication dedicated to work, study, living, and immersion travel abroad. Its purpose is the dissemination of practical information leading to a greater understanding of other cultures through direct participation in the daily life of the host community.

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