Passport to Change
Designing Academically Sound, Culturally Relevant, Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Foreword by Hilary Landorf
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There has been enormous growth in faculty-led short-term study abroad programs because they offer flexibility and expand opportunities for students and faculty members who wish to study and work abroad but do not have the resources or time to spend a semester or year away. These experiential programs offer unique opportunities for university faculty to teach their disciplines abroad while engaging students in direct, authentic cultural encounters for transformative change.

This volume provides a detailed framework and guidance on how to plan and implement a faculty-led study abroad program. Seasoned faculty leaders and administrators describe an overall program development process, comprehensively identify the elements for designing the curriculum, and offer advice and solutions to unique challenges inherent in various types of programs.

The contributors cover the logistics for managing program details at home and abroad provide advice on writing a university proposal, creating a budget, the marketing and recruitment of students, handling abroad logistics, and preparing students for the abroad experience – all illustrated by examples drawn from their experiences. Most importantly, readers will come to understand the difference between experiences that are more touristic than scholarly and gain guidance on designing or redesigning their own programs to ensure academically sound, culturally-relevant curricula that complements the international field site.

The opening section sets the scene by describing the overall process of designing and delivering faculty-led abroad programs, from conception to implementation. The core of the book is grounded in evidence-based research for designing international curricula and syllabi, and includes five case studies illustrating short term programs focused on interdisciplinary subject matter, field study, global service learning, internship immersion, and language and cultural study. This practical guide concludes with faculty activities critical to a program’s success: marketing and recruiting students; preparing teaching events for before, during, and after the abroad experience; and formulating a plan to leave a small footprint abroad.

This book constitutes a handbook for college and university professors who plan to or already conduct short-term study abroad programs as well as administrators and staff of global and international programs.

Bilge Gokhan Celik
Robert A. Cole
Darla K. Deardorff
Candelas Gala
Javier Garcia Garrido
Dale Leavitt
Roxanne O’Connell
Susan Lee Pasquarelli
Michele V. Price
Autumn Quezada de Tavarez
Victor Savicki
Michael Scully
Michael Tyson
Kerri Staroscik Warren
Paul Webb
Brian Wysor
Min Zhou

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Hilary Landorf

Introduction—Susan Lee Pasquarelli, Robert A. Cole, Michael Tyson

Part I: Understanding the Nature of Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs
1) Surveying the Landscape: The Process of Developing Faculty-Led Programs—Robert A. Cole

Part II: Designing the Curriculum for Study Abroad: Student Preparation, Experience, and Return
2) Defining an Academically Sound, Culturally Relevant Study Abroad Curriculum— Susan Lee Pasquarelli
3) Guiding Reflection on Cultural Experience: Before, During, and After Study Abroad—Victor Savicki, Michele V. Price
4) Designing and Assessing Outcomes-Based Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs—Darla K. Deardorff
5) Designing the Curriculum for Interdisciplinary
Study Abroad: Sustainability Studies in Turkey— Bilge Gokhan Celik, Dale Leavitt, Michael Scully
6) Designing the Curriculum for Field Study Abroad: Marine Biology in Panama and Belize—Paul Webb, Brian Wysor
7) Designing the Curriculum for Global Service Learning Abroad: Power and Health in El Salvador—Autumn Quezada de Tavarez, Kerri Staroscik Warren
8) Designing the Curriculum for Internship Immersion Abroad: Language and Praxis in Spain—Candelas Gala, Javier Garcia Garrido
9) Designing the Curriculum for Cultural Studies Abroad: Intercultural Learning in China—Min Zhou

Part III: Implementing the Study Abroad Program
10) Marketing Short-Term Programs: No Students, No Program— Michael J.Tyson
11) Laying the Groundwork: Faculty Preparation for Teaching Abroad—Susan Lee Pasquarelli
12) Speaking from Abroad—Roxanne M. O’Connell

Contributor’s Biographies


Reviews & Endorsements:
"Passport to Change will become an indispensable handbook for individuals and institutions developing faculty-led study abroad programs.The volume provides outstanding, clear, practical guidance for planning, implementing and assessing an academically sound, culturally relevant program. The volume’s exhaustive array of useful topics is informed not only by the best scholarship in the discipline, but also by the first-hand experience of seasoned faculty directors. With a keen eye to both detail and diversity, the volume also addresses a wide variety of program paradigms and destinations. Written in an accessible voice, the volume will be a welcome resource for experienced and aspiring study abroad directors alike.
- Rebecca S. Thomas, Professor of German , Wake Forest University
“This book is a much-needed practical guide that covers the nuts and bolts of short-term faculty-led study abroad programs. The focus is on programs that provide an outcomes-based curriculum in one or more academic disciplines and are deliberately designed for a specific cultural context. The framework of all the programs described in the book encompasses experiential learning, specifically the facilitation of such learning prior to, during, and after the study abroad experience.

As much as this book guides faculty through the development, delivery, and marketing for short-term study abroad programs, it is also about the student experience – of encountering oneself in another culture, from another perspective, and seeing oneself and others anew.

Short-term faculty-led study abroad programs are an important high impact practice for college students, and Passport to Change is an indispensable guide for all who believe in long-term student success.”
- Hilary Landorf, Associate Professor, International & Intercultural Education; Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University; and Executive Director , Comparative & International Education Society