You can still view sessions from our Spring Seminar Series…
The field of international education has changed. So have we.
For 20 years, we’ve been known as an innovative, caring education abroad provider with affordable and accessible programs. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is that now we can fully support your office, as well as your students. Welcome to our new approach to internationalization.
There’s still time to join our spring seminar series (by watching our recorded sessions) to learn more about:
- Our key insights & tools developed from sending students abroad in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021: risk mitigation plans, COVID contingency plans and supporting documents, vetted international partners that meet evolving best practices.
- Our new strategic operations division. IEP, the well-known international education consulting company, has come on board as our new strategic operations division. We are excited to support your internationalization goals through this consulting and staffing service.
- Our suite of virtual and on-site programs that mean your students will be career ready, including applied science and pre-vet study & research options, Micro-Credentials, and internship & service learning placements for credit.
Session 1: “Are you ready to restart? Key tools to get your office back in action.”
Date: Register here to view the recording.
Description: From budget freezes to staff reductions to constant contingency planning, the majority of our partners have been impacted by the pandemic. How can you revitalize your office and rally your teams to gain momentum again? During this session, you’ll hear from two university offices, Texas A&M and University of Rochester, as to what they are doing to restart. And, you’ll get an overview of the new ways in which CIS Abroad can now provide additional levels of support so gaining that momentum no longer feels overwhelming.
- Kris Holloway, MPH, President & CEO, CIS Abroad
- Scott Tayloe, MBA, Founder – IEP Abroad, Chief Strategy Officer – CIS Abroad
- Holly Hudson, Ed.D, Executive Director of Education Abroad at Texas A&M University
- Tynelle Stewart, Assistant Dean & Director, Center for Education Abroad, Assistant Vice Provost for Global Education, University of Rochester
Session 2: “They Made It! Top lessons learned from sending students abroad this year.”
Date: Register here to view the recording.
Description: As we’ve observed from living through the past year: information changes weekly if not daily, countries interpret data differently and impose varying restrictions (which also change often), vaccines are available to some but not all around the world, participants and their families have varying comfort levels around what is now considered safe, and throughout the pandemic CIS Abroad and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have hosted students abroad. What decisions did we face? How did we navigate through such tumultuous, ever-fluctuating times? Join us to learn more about how we each made decisions, how we assessed the risks involved, and learn how to apply these lessons to your own campus situations.
- Joe Debiec, Vice President of International Operations, CIS Abroad
- Mark Eckman, Director of Education Abroad, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Session 3: The Experiential Learning & Employability Connection: Getting Your Students Career Ready
Date: Register here to view the recording.
Description: In a competitive job market, it is increasingly important to graduate students who are ready to take on their careers and have the skills and experience necessary to ensure their success. Yet, there is a documented gap between graduates’ competencies and employer expectations. Join us to hear stories from partnerships in action. Learn how CIS Abroad, Ohio University and LOOP Abroad are tackling this issue head on, and helping graduate students who are career ready.
- Jennifer Engel, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs at CIS Abroad
- Keely Davin, M.Ed. Associate Director of the Office of Global Opportunities at Ohio University
- Jane Stine, JD, M.Ed. Managing Director of Loop Abroad
Our NEW partnership with LOOP Abroad: Veterinary & Animal Science Programs
Summary: CIS Abroad has partnered with LOOP Abroad, a leader in pre-veterinary education, to offer for-credit veterinary science programs abroad to US university students. We are excited to announce this partnership as it aligns so well with our mission and values.
Do you have students who:
- Are passionate about animals and want to support projects that help and protect them?
- Want appropriate and relevant training to work with animals?
- Enjoy being around like-minded students and want to make meaningful relationships with others in their field?
If the answer is yes, then come learn about:
- The LOOP Abroad model, which combines lectures and hands-on practice with top US and local veterinarians.
- Our Veterinary Science in Thailand semester program – an all inclusive program on offer this Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 that involves partnerships with locally run conservation projects and veterinary clinics, housing, meals, excursions & robust cultural curriculum.
- Our virtual applied science research internships or pre-vet internships offered around the world this summer (Thailand, Costa Rica, South Africa, Belize). In three weeks, students can learn about and help vets with dogs, cats, elephants, manatees, crocodiles and more.
CIS Abroad’s Resilience and Rejuvenation Summer Workshop Series: How to be an Ally During this Time: a racial justice primer
What does it mean for international educators to be an effective ally to BIPOC students and colleagues? Join us for this engaging opportunity to explore the intersection of allyship in education abroad, and learn simple and meaningful actions that we can all start taking today to support racial diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage you to send us stories, questions, and helpful ideas that we can share and discuss in the webinar.
CIS Abroad Virtual Internship Overview
Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Virtual internship offerings. Webinar topics will include an overview of program types, how credit works, the cultural component, features of our online learning platform, an overview of the Working Remotely Across Cultures Microcredential, highlights from our first cohort, and an overview of the career coaching that’s included. You can also submit questions ahead of time in the registration form.
CIS Abroad’s Resilience and Rejuvenation Summer Workshop Series: Never a Bystander: applications for today from Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter.
Dr. Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Since the late 80’s she’s been a frequent and favored inspirational speaker, talking about her experience during World War II and stressing the importance of “never a bystander” and that one person can make a difference. Irene is the co-founder of Zeitouna, an organization of Jewish and Arab women working for peace, and a founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Project at the University of Michigan.
In this webinar, we will watch a 30 minute Google Talk by Irene, in which she talks about her amazing story of survival through Hitler’s Germany and the concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen. At 89 years old, Irene is one of the last Holocaust survivors still speaking and acting up! She is politically and socially active, and her message of “Never a Bystander” has special importance for us all today. She will join for the viewing of the talk, and answer questions/talk about what her story means for today.
CIS Abroad’s Resilience and Rejuvenation Summer Workshop Series: You Got This: how to harness resiliency to support yourself, your students and your staff.
COVID-19 has uprooted our world and the ongoing devastation of racist violence brings waves of fear, sorrow and anger to our students, our staff and ourselves. We are called to action and we want to promote resilience in these challenging times, but we are stretched thin. We could use a simple, practical way to deliver a powerful bump in resilience that fits our lives and honors our values. Join renown author and resilience guru Dr. SuEllen Hamkins, MD and learn to:
- Harness the untapped power of personal values and meaning-making in overcoming challenges.
- Ask five simple questions that enhance resilience in a time of crisis.
- Avoid six communication missteps that undermine well-being.
- Create culturally-honoring narratives of resilience now and in the future with five key practices.
- Discover your own roadmap to survive and thrive through this unprecedented time.
Internships Abroad: Considering Standards & Learning Outcomes
Experiential learning continues to be an essential component of undergraduate education. As more students consider gaining work experience abroad, it’s important that overseas internship programs align with best practices in the field – with a focus on learning outcomes. Join Dr. Jennifer Engel, VP of Academic Affairs and Brian Waldron, AVP of Enrollment Management as they cover:
- An overview of the international internship program offered via CIS Abroad and how it aligns with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards.
- How the NACE competencies for career readiness align with CIS Abroad’s own learning outcomes.
- Initial data on the documented learning of CIS Abroad interns.
- An overview of the CIS Abroad 360 Networking Toolkit.
At the Intersection of Campus Internationalization and Mega-Trends
Dr. Jennifer Engel, VP of Academic Affairs at CIS Abroad, will discuss comprehensive campus internationalization in light of current trends within U.S. higher education and mega-trends involving multiple sectors that influence international education. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, then suggest how this knowledge might be applied to current situations faced across their multiple campuses.
We will cover:
- Comprehensive Campus Internationalization: A Framework for Connecting Trends
- Current Trends in US Higher Education: How are they relevant to Education Abroad?
- Mega-Trends: What are their implications for International Education?
- How do these trends intersect and impact campus internationalization efforts?
- What does this mean for international educators?
Affiliate Partner Webinar
Join us to learn more about the partnership with CIS Abroad and how to maximize the benefits. Join Kris Holloway, President and Jess Jones, Vice President of University Relations, as they share the who, what, why, where and how around CIS Abroad.
CIS Abroad Website Tour
We’ve made some changes! Don’t worry – we think you’ll find your way around even better than before. Join Jennifer Weisgerber, Director of Marketing, and Jess Jones, Vice President of University Relations, for a tour around the new website.
Diversity & Inclusion Summer Webinar Series
In the spirit of our long-running LGBTQ+ Ally Training, CIS Abroad invites partner institutions to join us for sessions dedicated to building capacity for serving even more student populations that are underrepresented in education abroad.
Part 1: International Education Advising for First-Generation College Students
This session will examine the often overlapping needs and concerns facing First-Generation, High Financial Need, and First Abroad students in higher education and how those play into the process of preparing for and participating in education abroad. With these common concerns in mind, we will share ideas on how international education advisors can collaborate with other staff across campus to reach their target student audiences with information specifically addressed to their needs, and discuss the nuanced approaches to advising First-Gen students using a strengths-based methodology.
Part 2: Supporting Students of Color Throughout the International Education Experience
This session will discuss ways to foster inclusion for Students of Color in the stages of the international education journey beyond the application phase. We will talk about strategies for creating an advising safe space, helping students understand how their racial and ethnic identities may play into their experience abroad prior to departure, and sharing relevant information about community support and resources available as they begin their experience on site.
Part 3: LGBTQ+ Ally Training for International Education Offices
This LGBTQ+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning, etc.) Ally Training gives international educators the tools you need to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ students on your campus. The presentation will cover: supportive terminology, international LGBTQ+ rights, key questions for students to ask themselves and for us to ask our host institutions, and the top 10 dos and don’ts for advising.
At the end, our LGBTQ+ Ally Trained sign will be available for download. Put it up in your office to show you are informed, supportive, and open to conversations.
Inclusive Marketing for Education Abroad
Join us as we discuss inclusive education abroad marketing practices, including taking a closer look into how US partner campuses have used CIS Abroad’s Diversity Audit tool to increase visibility of underrepresented students in print and web marketing. The session will also feature one of CIS Abroad’s Campus Engagement Coordinators who will detail her on-campus outreach practices and share stories collected from the #IamIcan campus recruitment tour.
CIS Abroad’s New TEFL Programs!
Learn about our new summer TEFL programs. These hybrid TEFL programs are designed for students looking for a future career in teaching or students looking for their next adventure abroad. Students will learn the theory and practice of teaching the English language in other countries, gain practical teaching experience, and immerse themselves in new cultures and locations.
The Art of Marketing Your Faculty-Led Program: Whose Responsibility Is It, Anyway?
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