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Members of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, College of Education and Human Development, and College of Advancing and
Professional Studies went to Poland over spring break to study inclusive policies, practices, and educational reforms

"It made me gain confidence in talking with professors about
science. I was always scared of talking about a field that they know
so much about, but now I am so much more comfortable," she says.
Lurlene Van Buren, coordinator of student exchange, says that
undergraduate exchange programs also serve as a recruiting tool to
attract international students to UMass Boston graduate programs.
Marco Bellin, an Italian MBA student, was such an exchange student in 2009-10.
"I felt from my exchange program here seven years ago that this
was a place I could call home. I saw UMass Boston as a good value
for money option where I could get a top notch MBA at the fraction
of a cost of other institutions," Bellin says.
UMass Boston also offers 25 faculty-led programs, which have
helped contribute to significant increases in students studying
abroad. The number of students participating in these programs
jumped from 132 in 2011-2012 to 219 in 2014-2015.
The Honors College offers one such program, a year-long seminar called International Epidemics. In between the two semesters,
students participate in a 12-day field experience over winter break
to South Africa led by Rajini Srikanth, dean of the Honors College,
and Louise Penner, associate professor in English. Last year, Srikanth
and Penner also took students to India for the first time.
Penner says that the discussion in the classroom is much richer the
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ence. "The spring semester is very gratifying in some ways, because
students make complex associations and analyses, and conversations
become very far ranging. That's why we are both always surprised at
the kind of impact that 12 days has on them," she says.

An Entrepreneurial College
Working Across the University
Most of UMass Boston's faculty-led programs are run through the
College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS), which collaborates with all academic departments and the Office of Global
Programs. In addition to administering faculty-led programs, CAPS
oversees an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, online
learning, and a number of certificate and degree programs.
Dean Philip DiSalvio describes CAPS as "the entrepreneurial
arm of the university." However, he stresses that the aim of CAPS,
as a self-sustaining unit, is not to generate profit but to contribute
to the intellectual life of the campus. DiSalvio's team works hard to
make study abroad affordable to as many students as possible, with
programs generally operating at cost.
CAPS often builds on relationships that professors bring with
them to UMASS Boston. One recent program was Conflict Transformation Across Borders in Quito, Ecuador.
Building on his affiliation as a Fulbright fellow to the Department
of International Studies and Communication at FLACSO (Facultad

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 8
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 9
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 10
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 13
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 14
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 17
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 25
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 41
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 53
International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Focus
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