Abroad101 Advisor Newsletter Summer 2015

Abroad101-reviews-logo-webHappy Summer from Abroad101,

With students overseas or off-campus during the summer months, most study abroad offices are quiet, which gives staff a window to tackle some strategic projects.  We hope one of these projects will be deeper integration with the free tools and services offered by Abroad101.  In this newsletter we’ll provide some insight into the Abroad101 software and ways in which you might use it to advance study abroad on your campus.

Re-entry in a Box:

Before jumping into the nuts & bolts of the system, please take a minute to think about Abroad101 as a method/vehicle to guide student re-entry from their time away.  Some colleges use the Abroad101 system as their official program evaluation platform. 

The Abroad101 survey offers a review of the entire study away experience in ways that encourage the student to think and write reflectively while providing criticism and praise to multiple of aspects of their program.  Students have a chance to take responsibility for their actions, give a sense of who they were before they went and who they think they are now. 

While technically evaluating a program, ultimately the reviewer is offering a testimonial to their personal growth and achievement.  This in turn speaks as much to the success of a program as the star ratings that accompany their review.  Colleges can also add their own questions to the 37-question standard survey if they feel something more specific needs to be included in the evaluation.

Reviews Help Students/Parents Prepare for Study Abroad

Reviews are often used for a variety of reasons, including researching program selection and to help set expectations.  For future students and their families, the reviews from previous students provide good insight as to what to expect and situations to be aware of.  That’s why a number of advisors use Abroad101 reviews in pre-departure orientation exercises and we’ve even heard of some program managers using reviews as part of their arrival orientation (think first postings to new student Facebook groups.) 

With this in mind, adding links from your program webpages to Abroad101 program listings can help your study abroad community better prepare.  Abroad101 gives each program its own web page and we welcome your link to it.  Find the program here and copy the link for your website.

Another option is to link to your university profile that lists pre-approved/recommended programs and all the reviews generated by study abroad alumni from your university.  Every university has a profile on Abroad101 and you have the ability to update and manage it.  Use the search box at the top of any page on Abroad101 to find your university profile.  If you need access to this portal, please contact support@abroad101.com

Abroad101’s widgets allow content from the reviews to be displayed on your website.  We have a University Widget that works in conjunction with your pre-approved list and a Program Widget that creates a badge like graphic for a single program.  No contract or paperwork required, just use the tool, copy the code and install it on your website or as an addition to your own program search in your directory system.

Abroad101 Program Widget

Abroad101 University Widget

Connecting Reviews to your Enrollment or CRM System

We have been pushing to get Abroad101’s process of program evaluation and our set of questions as a standard part of everyone’s study abroad.  The students give us a lot of data that a growing number of institutions are using in their analysis and management of education abroad.   Abroad101 is set up to pass that data to you in several ways:

  1. “Graphs” tool in your account dashboard compares the scores of the individual ratings questions.  You can see how your students do against 24,000 other study abroad reviews. 
  2. “Export to Excel” function that creates a spreadsheet with all of the data collected in each review, including any custom fields that you have added.
  3. “API” is a computer system linkage that allows your system to dynamically pull the review in.  Your programmers use the unique API key and the review serial number to get the review pulled into your systems.

The Power of the Review Serial Number:

The Export and API functions are even more powerful when this data can get tied to the student’s account in your computer system.  Key to this linking is the Abroad101 review serial number.  Each Abroad101 review gets its own serial number and if you enter that serial number after “/reviews/” it will redirect to the full program link.  For a recent review, serial # 29619 can be viewed here http://www.studyabroad101.com/reviews/29619

If the advisor or the student enters the serial number into your student information system, you can forever refer to the review.  We recently posted an article with one creative way the serial number can be utilized in Terra Dotta Software and similar systems.

Review them all – Faculty-led, Exchange and Third-Party!

Abroad101 allows you to manage program evaluations for each type of study abroad program, or them all.  For example, Abroad101 has more than 1,700 foreign universities listed on the site, each with a catch-all listing for your outbound exchange students.  Through Abroad101 your students can review any of the 4,000 third-party programs or if you’d like, we can add your own to the 4,500 faculty-led/university-run programs in the directory.  University-run programs listed on Abroad101 even have the option to be listed as home-students-only which means they will be listed as closed to outside students, yet you get all the advantages of Abroad101’s reporting, data collection and the publishing tool for students to generate insightful, powerful and career-boosting testimonials of their experience abroad.  Since 2007, Abroad101 is Fast. Free. Easy.

It all Starts with an Invitation

To get any of these projects going, you do need reviews and the best way to get reviews is to invite or require your students to submit one.  It has been our experience that students won’t take the time to review a program unless told to do so.  You can encourage them, offer them incentive, insist a published testimonial will be a good jump start to their careers, or tell them it’s required, but tell them something to make these tools work for you.  Direct or link them to the program page on Abroad101 where they will find a “Write a Review” icon or have them start here: http://www.studyabroad101.com/reviews/new

Contact Us:

As the summer progresses we hope you won’t hesitate to contact us with any requests or questions.  We welcome the chance to present our system to you in a web demo or though a telephone conference call, please send those requests to support@abroad101.com.

Thanks for your referrals and support and best wishes for a Happy Summer!

 

Mark Shay

CEO / Abroad101

+1-610-357-4648

mark@abroad101.com

http://www.StudyAbroad101.com

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Study Abroad Rankings Released by Abroad101

Student reviews determine highest rated study abroad programs, locations, providers, and more.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 25, 2015

Abroad101, America’s first and largest study abroad review website, released its fourth annual Study Abroad Rankings today in partnership with StudentUniverse, the travel booking site for students. The rankings are the result of compiled evaluations from US university students who attended short-term, credit-bearing study abroad programs overseas. The 2014 rankings recognize the study abroad programs and locations rated highest by American students who have studied abroad.

Study Abroad has many options including a range of program size, scope, and location. This breadth of programming is reflected in Abroad101’s study abroad 2014 rankings. The majority of the top-ranked programs are in Europe with Italy having three. The list also includes three top-ranked programs in Australia and two in China. Sydney was the only city with two top programs.

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Download the Program Rankings Poster

The Abroad101 2014 Top 10+ Study Abroad Programs, including the program’s provider are:

1.    Sol Education Abroad: Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion in Heredia
2.    The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Gold Coast – Bond University
3.    American College Dublin
4.    IES Abroad: Programs in Vienna
5.    Loyola University Chicago: The Beijing Center
6.    Santa Reparata International School of Art: Florence
7.    Northwestern College: Romanian Semester Program
8.    Sant’Anna Institute: Sorrento
9.    University of New South Wales: Sydney
10.  Alliance for Global Education: Shanghai – International Business in China
11.  Duke in Istanbul
12.  CEA: Rome, Italy
13.  DIS – Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Copenhagen
14.  CAPA International Education: Sydney Study or Intern Abroad

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Download the Provider Rankings Poster

In addition to the highest rated programs, Abroad101 released a list of Top Study Abroad Providers, the organizations that operate these programs. Top honor goes to SOL Education Abroad, an organization that specializes in Spanish Language programs. Upon hearing the news, co-founder Esteban Lardone said: “When we started Sol Education Abroad our mission was very simple: to treat our students the way we wanted to be treated when we studied abroad. Ten years later, our mission has not changed and it is heartwarming to see this reflected in the students’ reviews.” Lardone continues with “The high ratings are the result of our onsite directors who work night and day for our students and our Austin headquarters team. We would like to thank our affiliate and partner universities for directing great students to us. Most of all, we would like to thank each and every student that has decided to take a leap and explore the world through our programs.”

The rest of the Top Providers, listed in order, are: The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), CAPA International Education, IES Abroad, CEA, Academic Programs International (API), AIFS, SAI Programs, USAC, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), The School for Field Studies (SFS) and CiS Abroad.

A strong area of growth in study abroad has been through summer programs, which allow students added flexibility on what they study, and enhance elective courses with the powerful impact of immersion in the subject area. The variety of summer programs is demonstrated in the list of Top Summer Abroad Programs:

1.    ThisWorldMusic: Music, Arts and Culture in Ghana
2.    The GREEN Program: Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad (Iceland)
3.    New York University: NYU Summer in Dublin
4.    Forum-Nexus: Forum-Nexus: Tour Across Europe
5.    Hanyang University: Seoul – International Summer School

Jeremy Cohen, Founder & Director of the top rated summer program, stated “We are deeply honored to see this recognition from our students, and view it as a tribute to ThisWorldMusic’s hard-working staff, both in the U.S. and in Ghana. Special thanks to the Dagbe Cultural Institute in the village of Kopeyia for welcoming us into the community and enthusiastically sharing traditional West African music, dance and culture with these students.” Ghana, host to this top summer abroad program, was also on the list of Top-rated Non-Traditional Countries and Top Budget-Friendly Destinations.

Thailand was voted most Budget-Friendly, followed by India, Ecuador, and Peru. Favorable shifts in the value of the dollar are one reason these countries were rated so highly. Smaller cities dominated the Most-Livable Cities list with Gold Coast, Wellington, Heredia, and Alicante leading the students’ choices. Even food comes into focus with Thailand’s Chiang Mai edging out two traditional Italian favorites for the Top Foodie City. The rest of the rankings along with review highlights and program listings are now available at: http://www.StudyAbroad101.com/rankings

“With study abroad becoming more of a part of college life, Abroad101’s unique way of capturing program evaluations and publishing them in the popular review format is helping break down barriers and increase opportunities for students” says Mark Shay, the CEO of Abroad101. “Students look for and trust the opinions and experiences of other students, and the compilation of review ratings serves as a useful tool in their decision-making. Reviews also give students and their parents/advisors insight into what to expect while away. We see the rankings as an important way to celebrate what is working in study abroad; reading the first hand accounts of student successes abroad show the positive impact study abroad has on students” concludes Shay.

“Studying abroad not only shapes a person, but is often cited as one of the most memorable experiences of their lifetime,” said Mike Cleary, chief commercial officer, StudentUniverse. “Our mission is to make global experiences possible for students and youth. This involves helping students travel abroad cheaper, allowing them to go further and spend less. It also involves flexibility. Students may not know their exact return date when they go abroad. The pricing on our one-way fares helps students travel flexibly, without breaking the bank. We are proud to partner with Abroad101 on such an important facet of student travel.”

Under the direction of their academic advisors, students complete thorough online evaluations hosted by Abroad101 with both quantitative and qualitative responses. With a database of over 23,000 evaluations, the Abroad101 rankings provide an in-depth tally of student opinion on study abroad programs. For the 2014 rankings, many thousands of reviews were processed and 1,472 different programs received reviews.

The following is the full winners list:

Top Foodie Cities:

  1. Chiang Mai 
  2. Sorrento
  3. Florence
  4. Madrid
  5. Cordoba
  6. Milan
  7. Gold Coast
  8. Aix-en-Provence
  9. San Jose
  10. Pune

Most Liveable Cities:

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Wellington
  3. Heredia
  4. Alicante
  5. Dublin
  6. Melbourne
  7. Dunedin
  8. Beijing
  9. Oaxaca
  10. Bratislava

Budget-Friendly Countries

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. Ecuador
  4. Peru
  5. Morocco
  6. China
  7. Ghana
  8. Mexico
  9. South Africa
  10. Turkey

Non-Traditional Countries:

  1. Iceland
  2. Ghana
  3. Peru
  4. Thailand
  5. Cuba
  6. Norway
  7. Panama
  8. Hungary
  9. UAE
  10. Botswana

 

About Abroad101:
About Abroad101: Founded in 2007, Abroad101 is the first and largest study abroad review website. Focusing on American college students looking for a semester or term abroad, this innovative platform connects past and future students, parents and advisors, and program providers through its market-leading online evaluation tool. Abroad101 grew from one partnership at Tufts University in 2007 to over 215 college partnerships today. The resulting Abroad101 directory of study abroad programs is the most comprehensive database in the field today.

To learn more, visit http://www.StudyAbroad101.com

About StudentUniverse:
StudentUniverse is is the world’s leading travel booking site for students that offers unique pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours. Our unique pricing and terms are negotiated specifically for students, and some deals are also available for 18-25 year olds, through contracts with dozens of world-class partners and more than 70 airlines worldwide. StudentUniverse’s Travel Services department manages bookings for groups of 10 or more.

StudentUniverse launched in 2000, and has headquarters in Boston and offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use our service every year. For real-time updates on StudentUniverse, follow our corporate Twitter, LinkedIn and Corporate blog and download our mobile application. To learn more visit http://www.StudentUniverse.com

Abroad101.com Study Abroad Statistics

 

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There are A LOT of international experiences that can be tallied. These include non-credit bearing programs like adventure travel, language immersions, volunteer and internships abroad, in addition to traditional study abroad.

We do know one thing; students like to travel. According to a special report from StudentUniverse + Skift http://skift.com/2014/10/07/new-free-skift-report-the-state-of-student-travel/

“The student traveler represents fully one-fifth of all international arrivals in the travel
industry, today. They command a market value of some $320 billion and they are willing
to spend to create experiences that go far beyond the backpack-and-party crowd that
some would assert to have once characterized educational journeys abroad.”

Abroad101 is designed to encourage students to undertake an experience off-campus and outside their comfort zones. We have accounts of study abroad, study away, education abroad, internships abroad, volunteer, intensive language and even pre-college gap year programs. As the reviews attest, the maturing and learning that occurs has a profound impact on the individual student and a compound impact on society. Our hope is to demonstrate that there is opportunity worldwide in unique and surprising places and that the first hand accounts of students will pave the way for more students to challenge themselves and expose themselves to the world. Along the way, we have compiled our own statistics and view of the world based on reviews received and traffic patterns in our program directories. Here are a few more data points to think about:

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Top Study Abroad Providers

http://blog.studyabroad101.com/2014/12/top-20-education-abroad-providers/

Most Popular Foreign Universities (Direct Enrollment & Exchange)

http://blog.studyabroad101.com/2014/08/top-of-direct-enroll-and-exchange-student-reviews-on-abroad101/

 Most Desired Countries to Study Abroad

http://blog.studyabroad101.com/2014/10/most-desired-places-to-study-abroad/

 Most Desired Cities to Study Abroad

http://blog.studyabroad101.com/?p=5563

Cities with the Most Study Abroad Programs

http://blog.studyabroad101.com/2014/08/worldwide-cities-with-the-most-study-abroad-programs/

Most Popular First Names of Study Abroad Students

http://blog.studyabroad101.com/2014/09/got-what-it-takes-to-study-abroad-emily-we-know-youre-out-there/

And from the Abroad101 Annual Rankings:

Top Rated Study Abroad Cities: http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2013#top_cities

Top Rated Study Abroad Programs:

http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2013#top_10_awards

Top Rated Study Abroad Providers:

http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2013#top_providers

Top Rated non-traditional Study Abroad Countries:

http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2013#unique_countries

Most Affordable Study Abroad Destinations

http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2013#budget_countries

 

To students, parents and their advisors we say “Expose yourself to the world” then come back and share it by submitting a review.

To university administrators, we hope you will use Abroad101 as your official program evaluation tool to help us collect our data and help you capture your own data on study abroad

For more information on study abroad statistics please visit our article which includes information on IIE Open Doors project.

 

Abroad101 Student of the Week #30 – Karly Eckes

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Karly EckesThis week’s Abroad101 Student of the Week award goes to Karly Eckes, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Karly is an applied science major who plans on one day becoming a physician assistant. She currently works for Elite Medical Scribes where she is a medical scribe and gaining invaluable experience in the medical field. Once she graduates from UWS, she hopes to move on to a two year program at a PA school.

Karly has been given the opportunity to study abroad in Nicaragua where she will learn about health care in a foreign country. She is also excited to explore a new country and learn about the culture. You can check out Karly’s Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

We’re making weekly donations to studyabroad fundraisers! We hope you can help us assist these students in reaching their goals to make their travel dreams a reality. Visit here to help with this mission. To find out more about studying in Nicaragua, like Karly, visit the Abroad101 program page.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

– See more at: http://blog.goennounce.com/abroad101-student-of-the-week-0030-karly-eckes/

Why require student reviews? Ten ways program evaluations can advance study abroad on your campus

why require reviewsMireille McLaughlin of Wellesley College and Stacey Thebodo of Middlebury College joined
Mark Shay of Abroad101 in a session to help study abroad advisors and managers understand how publishing reviews can boost education abroad on campus.
Presented on Wednesday October, 29, 2014 the session description read:

Education Abroad program evaluations are increasingly important in the eyes of administrators, risk-managers and university supervisors.  Students, parents and academic advisors look for similar information in the form of program reviews.  Combining the two into a unified platform that is required by all students is an ideal and is happening at a growing number of institutions.  By engaging the students to be the center of a review platform, a number of education abroad goals can be achieved.  This session looks at ten ways that program evaluations can be used to serve the many stakeholders interested in education abroad.

Session slides are located here –NAFSA conference presentation Why Require Student Reviews

Abroad101 Student of the Week #0013 – Davion Louis

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Davion Louis from Villanova University is Abroad101.com’s Student of the Week

Our Abroad 101 student of the week this time around is Davion Louis. Davion is currently a junior at Villanova University and studying finance and accounting. In the future he has awesome aspirations to start an organization to help economically disadvantaged children receive a quality education. Davion is hoping to spend time studying across the pond in London to further pursue his educational goals. Check out his Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

We’re making weekly donations to #studyabroad fundraisers! We hope you can help us assist these students in reaching their goals to make their travel dreams a reality. Visit here to help with this mission. To find out more about Davion’s study abroad program with Arcadia London, visit here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

 – See more at: http://blog.goennounce.com/abroad101-student-of-the-week-0013-davion-louis/

 

Abroad101 Student of the Week #12 – Domi Hodge

Domi_HodgeThis weeks Abroad Student of the Week honor is given to Domi Hodge who is currently a junior at Monroe College and is studying Hospitality Management. She also has her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. She hopes to use this trip to Italy as way to not only learn about Italian culture but also cuisine from many other countries that will help her achieve her future dreams! Check out her Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

We’re making weekly donations to #studyabroad fundraisers! We hope you can help us assist these students in reaching their goals to make their travel dreams a reality. Visit here to help with this mission.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

– See more at: http://blog.goennounce.com/abroad101-student-of-the-week-0012-domi-hodge/

Study Abroad providers with the most reviews on Abroad101

Reviews are the lifeblood of Abroad101 and are what keep bringing students, parents and academic advisors to our website.  Abroad101 reviews are thorough evaluations of a student’s experience abroad and are designed to help the student showcase not only what they experienced, but also how they have grown.  These reviews take work; a well-written review requires 30-45 minutes from the student.

Program reviews/evaluations are also an important part of quality assurance in the study abroad process. Approximately 90% of the reviews published on Abroad101 come from the invitation of the home university, the program provider or the host university overseas.  With this as background, we offer a glimpse of who is being reviewed; this graphic highlights the program providers that have received the most reviews on Abroad101.Top-#-of-Provider-Reviews-July2014

Abroad101 Student of the Week #10 – Adrienne Ballreich

adrienneOur Abroad 101 Student of the Week honor goes to Adrienne Ballreich from Juniata College! For her junior year in college, Adrienne has been saving up (by working three jobs!) for a year long study abroad trip to Germany. While there, she will study Political Science, while also brushing up on her German. Also, Adrienne just found out that her request to sit in on master’s level courses in Germany was approved by her academic advisor (how cool!). We can all agree that this is a must have experience for Adrienne! You can learn more about Adrienne’s Mission here.

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

We’re making weekly donations to #studyabroad fundraisers! We hope you can help us assist these students in reaching their goals to make their travel dreams a reality. Visit here to help with this mission.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

– See more at: http://blog.goennounce.com/abroad101-student-of-the-week-adrienne-ballreich/#sthash.rk5MMmlD.dpuf