Category Archives: International Education

OIE Staff: Foreign Phrases We Love

In order to help you get to know more of the staff who work in OIE (the Office of International Education) here at Champlain College, we thought you might like to know more about where we have been and what we learned there.  So in alphabetical order, here we are. Alexander Gauthier, Student Life Manager, OIE, Montreal […]

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10 Tips for Traveling Abroad as a Student

In my year of studying abroad, I’ve done a lot of traveling by myself and in groups. I learned quite a few things along the way, including some insights I wish I had known a year ago. So here are a few of my top tips for student travelers. (I figure someone should benefit from […]

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7 Myths and Misconceptions I Discovered (and Some I Believed) While Studying Abroad

Before I studied abroad, I had certain ideas of what I thought each place was going to be like. This varied from expecting to meet many fellow redheads in Ireland to assuming that the way the temperature/weather is measured around the world would be the same. The more I travel, the more I realize that […]

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How I Kept Up My Love of Dance While Studying Abroad

I couldn’t give up dancing during my semester abroad in Argentina; so of course, I also wanted to continue taking dance classes during while I studied abroad in Ireland. In Buenos Aires, I studied styles of dance that I was already familiar with because taking the classes in a different language was enough of a […]

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What Can I Eat While I’m Abroad?

One of my biggest fears about studying abroad was if I was going to be able to find food that I could eat, especially in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I am currently studying. You see, I’m a lactose intolerant vegetarian who is studying abroad in a country that’s known for its meat industry. I feel […]

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Futbol Gameplay

Me, a Fútbol Fan?

Prior to studying abroad in Argentina, I would never be found voluntarily attending a soccer game. But, attending a fútbol match is on the list of things I heard you ought to do when studying abroad in Argentina, and I figured when am I going to get another chance to do this? On September 5, […]

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Quinn Posing in front of two Hedges in the shape of BA in front of the Obelisk

My Study Abroad Story

Hi, I’m Quinn. I’m a junior Professional Writing major. I’m currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and wanted to share a bit of my study abroad story with you. Part of what drew me to Champlain was its focus on global citizenship. I’ve always wanted to travel and not just see other cultures but […]

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Why Study Abroad and Exchange are Key to a Brighter Future

Written by Noah Goldblatt, Director of Study Abroad, Champlain College

This blog post was inspired by the legacy of Connor Glasset.  May he continue to impact the world in a positive way.

Otherness and difference are challenging to many Americans.  From the perspective of Social Psychology, we have built in mechanisms to understand the world based on our own cultural norms and traditions.  With that, using our home culture as a yardstick to measure others may even be hardwired into our consciousness.  Study abroad and exchange opportunities allow both domestic and foreign students to experience culture from a completely new perspective thus breaking down assumptions and helping to understand the world in a new light.  Study abroad and exchange create an environment where transformation of the heart and mind is possible.

International education provides a platform for students to develop their cross-cultural understanding and learn practical international skills that will help provide tools for success in the 21st century economy.  The globe has become increasingly interdependent on many levels, and shutting America off from the world will not prove a panacea for prosperity.

For several decades, American foreign policy has welcomed cultural exchange even with countries that are perceived as enemies.  Sharing our own passions and values with those who do not share our ideology allows for a space of understanding and growth.  American students who study abroad carry home a new framework in which to view the world.  Exchange students who spend time in the US can bring their countries a story of America that is not prevalent in their local media outlets.  As international educators, we are on the front lines of facilitating both inbound and outbound cultural exchange.  Now, more than ever, it feels like we need to promote international education as a pathway to a better and more inclusive future for all.

Champlain College was just ranked #12 in the country for percentage of students studying abroad in the Open Doors Report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  While attending the November 2016 CIEE Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA this week, it became clear that our current political climate is an opportunity to share what we do as international educators.

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad meeting at the CIEE Annual Conference in Los Angeles

Champlain Abroad
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