The first weekend of March 2018 is one I’ll never forget. I didn’t go cliff diving into the Pacific or bungee jumping off of the Sky Tower. I didn’t even venture five hundred feet past my apartment. I spent two and a half days with sixty international students at AUT’s 34th International Noho Marae, immersing […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
Picture this: You’ve just arrived Auckland, New Zealand, where you’ll be studying at Auckland University of Technology your home on the other side of the world for the next four months. You meet one of your new roommates at the airport, a young woman from Spain, and you hit it off right away. After countless […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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, […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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.