International Educator - May/June 2011 - 47

“I received very good advice from a dynamic professor of Russian, who told me if I learned that language, I’d be able to read Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in their original forms. So I started taking Russian my sophomore year and by the time I finished and graduated with French and German, I’d decided I really wanted to do Russian.” After graduating, he was accepted by the Middlebury Summer Language Program, where he signed up for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Before long, he and 29 other students were on a plane to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). “We lived in Russian dorms and had Russian roommates,” Beyrle says. “Really, for me it was the eye-opener that got me started on the road to this career. I was fascinated by the language and literature, but I became more interested in the politics of the Soviet Union, which was a nuclear superpower and had this great space program, but couldn’t keep fresh fruit in its stores and had people lined up around the block to buy toilet paper. I knew it was going to take me awhile to figure out what was going on here.” Even then, he knew what a unique opportunity he’d been given. “There were very, very few programs like this at the time,” he says. “Only a handful went there then, compared to the thousands of students who are able to travel to and study in Russia now. The Soviet Union was a very different time—we were ideological rivals, the cold war was strong, and the chance to get into it all and get a real sense of what was happening in the Soviet Union was unique and exotic, in a way. We used to joke about our dorm rooms being bugged or were our roommates working part-time for the KGB as spies.” He finished his year and returned home, intending to earn a graduate degree in Slavic linguistics at the University of Michigan. john Beyrle But after a year, he learned of an opportunity for Russian-speaking American students to work in Russia, as guides for a traveling exhibit of American photography. “It was part of a cultural agreement from the 1960s,” he says. “Russian-speaking American students acted as guides for this exhibit, spending six or seven months traveling to three different Soviet cities demonstrating these cameras and the photography and a whole range of things.” He applied, got the job, and was soon on his way back to the USSR. And that, he says, is what started him on the path to diplomacy. “Russians would line up around the block to see the exhibits and meet the American students,” he says. “That’s where I really learned to speak Russian. You’re working for six hours a day, standing on the floor of the exhibit, talking to Russians. It is the most intensive language laboratory experience you can imagine. I learned the subtle ways they said things, and I started understanding how they thought, how they formed arguments.”

“Students from the Young Communist League would come in a group and while they wouldn’t heckle us, they’d definitely pummel us with questions,” he continues. “There’d be a lot of follow-ups— were we provocateurs, were we spies? We learned about crowd dynamics and how to get a crowd on your side, and along the way I got a very good feel for the language.” The exhibitions were sponsored by the U.S. embassy, and Beyrle says he got an understanding for the role of an ambassador and the embassy during his time there. “When I returned from the exhibit, I’d planned to go home to finish graduate school,” he says. “But a bunch of us took the Foreign Service exam on a lark. I passed it and got a job there.” That, as they say, was that. Beyrle worked in foreign service from then on, taking a year-long sabbatical to earn his master’s degree in strategic studies from the National Defense University in Washington D.C., and was appointed Ambassador to Russia in 2008. He says his trips abroad in college were pivotal to the way things worked out. “I grew up in a small town in Michigan,” he says. “I thought I’d be a language teacher just like the teachers I saw every day. And I went to college and went overseas for the first time, and that changed my life. I could function in an ‘alien environment’ which didn’t feel strange to me at all.” The experiences have stuck with him. “I don’t think a day goes by, now that I’m living in Moscow, whether as an ambassador or a businessman that I don’t think about it,” he says. “Anybody who lived in and experienced life in the USSR and comes back to live and work in the Russian Federation sees that it’s a much more free and open society. They’re still working through some of the consequences of the changes, but you’re struck, every single day, by the differences.”

discovering the soul of an architect abroad
steven and Cathi House House and House architects
San FrancISco archItecture FIrm House and

House has long won awards and praise from experts for its innovative home designs. The firm’s partners, Steven and Cathi House, are also praised by Virginia Tech for their commitment to study abroad, particularly as it relates to architecture, and are on the verge of launching their own school in Mexico for U.S. students to visit. Ask them where it all started, and they point to Salzburg, Austria. “I spent the summer of 1972, along with 25 other students from Virginia Tech, studying and living and traveling in and around Salzburg,” says Steven House. “Our group was based in Salzburg, but we also spent three intensive weeks traveling throughout Italy, Yugoslavia, and Greece. There were just a few weeks of independent travel in this program, but it was definitely a life-changing moment for me. The single most important decision I ever made about my educa-

M AY + J U N E . 11 InternatIonal educator

47  



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2011

International Educator - May/june 2011
Contents
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - May/June 2011 - International Educator - May/june 2011
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Cover2
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Contents
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 2
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 3
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Frontlines
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 5
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 6
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 7
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 8
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 9
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 10
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 11
International Educator - May/June 2011 - In Brief
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 13
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 14
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 15
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 16
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 17
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 18
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 19
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 20
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 21
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 23
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 24
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 25
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 26
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 27
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 28
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 29
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 30
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 31
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 33
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 34
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 35
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 36
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 37
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 38
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 39
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 40
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 41
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 42
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 43
International Educator - May/June 2011 - One Path— Many Destinations
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 45
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 46
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 47
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 48
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 49
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 50
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 51
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 52
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 53
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 55
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 56
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 57
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 58
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 59
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 60
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 61
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 62
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 63
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 64
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 65
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 67
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 68
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 69
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 70
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 71
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 72
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 73
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 74
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 75
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 76
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 77
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 78
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 79
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 80
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 81
International Educator - May/June 2011 - FSA
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 83
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 84
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 85
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 86
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 87
International Educator - May/June 2011 - International Enrollment
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 89
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 90
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 91
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 92
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 93
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Partnering
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 95
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 96
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 97
International Educator - May/June 2011 - A View From Out Here
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 99
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 100
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 101
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 102
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 103
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 104
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 105
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Forum
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 107
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 108
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 109
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 110
International Educator - May/June 2011 - 111
International Educator - May/June 2011 - In Focus
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Cover3
International Educator - May/June 2011 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20191112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20181112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180708gfclone
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180102_supp
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20171112_supp
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20171112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_2070910_supp
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20161112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160304_fr
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20151112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20141112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20131112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20121112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20111112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110102
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com