gtrot For Study Abroad Students: Since You’re Globetrotting Anyway

Kamaria Gboro is the newest member to the gtrot community team. She recently graduated from the University of Missouri and manages gtrot’s social media accounts. She loves fashion, cupcakes and technology. Connect with her on gtrot’s Facebook or Twitter. Follow her @kamariagboro.

Studying abroad automatically puts you in the globetrotting category! gtrot (short for globetrotting), is a social travel site that encourages sharing your trips with friends and finding friends in your destination. You login with Facebook (we don’t bite or spam) and we take the data you’ve provided to Facebook as a basis for your profile. gtrot is perfect for student travelers! It gives students a chance to share their trips with their family and friends. Most of us have more friends on Facebook than in our immediate friendship circles. Once you share your trip with your Facebook friends, they can offer advice. What’s great about this is that you get advice and recommendations from the people you know and trust, rather than complete strangers from travel review sites. Continue reading

‘Where I’ve Been’ – Share Your Travels!

I recently stumbled across a newly formed website called ‘Where I’ve Been,’ and was surprised to find that a lot of my friends were already on it! The site was just created in 2010 and already has 9.7 million members! If you’ve never heard of it, it’s simply a great way to record and share your travels with others. And when I say simply, I do mean that it is extremely simple to use. ‘Where I’ve Been’ automatically connects you with your Facebook account, making it easy to locate your friends and fill in your personal and travel information. The whole site is awesome (and FREE), but here are the some of the features that I found especially worthwhile! Continue reading

Abroad101 Featured Blog 2011 – The Study Abroad Blog!!

Nate Nault & The Study Abroad Blog

Abroad101’s Featured Blogs promotes leading blogs in the international education and travel space that showcase stories, news, or advice that help others to gain a global perspective. Here are some featured questions taken from an interview conducted with a blog that does just that!

1. Who are you, and what makes your blog unique?

My name is Nate Nault, and I’m a recent graduate of The College of The Holy Cross in
Worcester, MA. I studied abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland during my junior year of college and had the time of my life. In fact, I had such a great time that I decided to study abroad again during the Fall of 2011, this time through an intensive language program in Beijing, China. Continue reading

James Leck 1962-2011

A memorial service for James Leck was held today at the Marsh Chapel at Boston University. James passed away on July 4th while vacationing in Maine.  As the associate director for student services at Boston University, working with the International Students and Scholars Office’s international students, and an active member in the NAFSA community, he was highly respected within the international education field.

James also taught an International Student Advising course at Lesley University for their Intercultural Relations master’s degree program. As a student in this program, I wanted to recognize Leck’s passing and include testimonials from two of his recent students.

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Students Know What Makes a Good Teacher: Looking At Preliminary Results of the MET Project.

What makes a good teacher? We may not all be able to answer specific qualities, but I’m sure you can name who were the good teachers at your school, and which teachers failed. This doesn’t mean the most popular teachers by any means. We all had that science teacher who was really strict; students may not have loved him, but they recognized that he was a great teacher. On the other hand, we had the history teacher who was everyone’s best friend, but we know we didn’t learn a thing. The MET project is using student evaluation of teachers as part of their assessment of what makes a quality teacher.

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The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

As part of our data collection for the NAFSA poster fair on International Education research, we looked into the rankings of the programs and each category. We determined things like average ratings, and even the correlation each category had on the overall rating a student would give their study abroad program.

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Top Study Abroad Destinations

Based on the Study Abroad reviews collected by Abroad101.com, we’ve put together some charts to illustrate the top destinations for study abroad.

In this first chart we can see that students are overwhelmingly choosing to study in Europe, hosting 62% of our students. For about 25% of students, studying abroad will be their first time out of the United States. So it’s no wonder most choose romantic destinations within Europe, knowing how easy it is to visit a new country every weekend.  Asia is a distant second with 11%. We’ll be keeping an eye on this growth, particularly in China over the next few years to track the impact of the 100,000 Strong initiative. Another region we should look out for is the Middle East. New Arabic programs are starting up at Universities like Tufts, and others are becoming stronger with the support of the government to send our students to be ambassadors around the world. Continue reading

Abroad101’s Spotlight Country Series: Turkey

If you’re a traveler looking to step off the beaten path of your typical European destinations and venture into a country filled with fascinating history and attractions equally incredible as Paris’ Eiffel Tower then Turkey is the country for you! This seaside country has a landscape that is nothing short of amazing. From an outline of beautiful beach filled coastlines, to the inland landscape scattered with ancient battlegrounds, ruined castles, and palaces of great empires, you are sure to experience something astonishing. To help you define Turkey’s must-sees, we have hand selected the top things to do while you visit! Continue reading

What’s New in Study Abroad?!

DU to Send Students Abroad for Study Trips

Delhi University in India is preparing to send about 75 students on study tours to Australia, China, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu in hopes of enhancing the interaction among Indian and foreign students. For now these programs will only be conducted for a few weeks, however in the future they hope to send students for entire semesters. These trips are unique in that instead of taking formal classes during these trips, the students will be learning about the ins and outs of the universities, their courses, and how the establishment functions as a whole. After hearing about amazing and unique study abroad trips such as this one, you have to wonder how much a program of this caliber costs. What if we told you it was FREE, eliminating the financial stress aspect of going abroad? Read more about Delhi University’s study trips here! Continue reading

“We Have To LEARN Before We Can HELP”

“We Have To LEARN Before We Can HELP” Responsible Travel and Volunteering By Daniela Papi and Christina Tunnah

The NAFSA conferences aren’t all about the Expo hall and the receptions. Each day they have dozens of informational sessions covering all topics in International Education from Visa application processes, Re-entry and Orientation programming to Responsible Travel. Daniela Papi of Pepy-Tours and Christina Tunnah of World Nomads presented on this last topic and really changed the way I view “Voluntourism” Continue reading