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States without, incidentally, recognising the tradition of dissent (of which they are a part) that is integral to American identity.2 “Study abroad changed my life” can minimize the value of this tradition of dissent in U.S. culture and fails to recognize that transformation for any individual is less about location and more about active exploration. In short, it is disrespectful of home society which does not, by implication, have the same power to alter life experience. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. It is too much to expect a location (of itself) to be transformative. It is clearly possible to change your life in Paris, Timbuktu, or Des Moines, Iowa.

Transformation
The statement, in another sense, creates unrealistic, transformative expectations against which many other education abroad experiences are certain to fail. (Compare “changed my life” with “improved my Spanish”). One of the recurrent problems in study abroad is that we exaggerate the claims for what we do by utilizing a huge degree of hyperbole. We need a taste of what Stanley Fish calls “deflationary” language:
A good course may transform a student who knew little about the material in the beginning into a student who knows something about it at the end. That’s about all the transformation you should or could count on.3

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In short, we are burdening ourselves with definitions that create inflated expectations and that, in the end, may come back to bite us. The concept of the “global citizen” is another intrusive example. The idea is obviously an oxymoron—we are citizens of a country and we are not citizens of the globe: the “globe” is a very fractured and divided place. If we tell students that what we do is educate them to be global citizens, we are embedding failure into the experience. Rather, we should be more realistic and say that the goal of education abroad is to create better-educated citizens, and one of the ways to cultivate a better-educated citizen is to experience another culture. The object is to teach students something about another culture so they can be better citizens

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International Educator - November/December 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Cultivating Branch Campuses
India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
Foreign Student Affairs
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Health and Insurance Supplement
Supplement: Danger Ahead!
Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Contents
International Educator - November/December 2011 - From the Editors
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Brief
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - 49
International Educator - November/December 2011 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Forum
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - 54
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 55
International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Focus
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Cover3
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Health and Insurance Supplement
International Educator - November/December 2011 - SCover2
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Danger Ahead!
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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