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as through internships and research abroad.
Further, study abroad must be seen as an intrinsically significant academic experience
that enriches student learning both in personal and professional contexts.
Providing international opportunities to
graduate students is equally important. We
are proud that approximately one-third of our
graduate students engage in a study abroad
experience, and I expect more institutions
will embrace the idea that all curriculum
must be relevant to the global context.
IE: In the most recent U.S. News & World
Report rankings, Arcadia was in the top
50 for study abroad programs. What
makes the program at Arcadia unique?
DeVILLE CHRISTENSEN: Integration and
inclusion are key differentiators for us. When
The College of Global Studies evolved, it was
to make that commitment an institutional
reality. Our Office of International Affairs
plays a significant role in ensuring that our
international student population is integrated into our academic and campus life.
Arcadia University simply would not be what
it is as an institution without the comprehensive infusion of global perspectives across all
aspects of institutional life.
Another point of distinction is that the
College of Global Studies allows us to extend
our programs to serve other institution's international missions and objectives for their
students where resources may be more limited. We contribute to the enhancement of
learning abroad across a wide range of institutions. This is a profound achievement
consistent with our legacy and reflects our
awareness of the needs of our students whose
future will be shaped by global realities.
We have several opportunities for all
students, from first-year students to seniors,
transfer students, and graduate students, to
have international education experiences.
Our Board of Trustees embraces this mission and helps to support these programs
in countless ways.
IE: More than 65,000 students have
studied abroad with Arcadia. How does

Study abroad
must be seen as an
intrinsically significant
academic experience
that enriches student
learning both in personal
and professional
contexts.
this global network support students
once they graduate?
DeVILLE CHRISTENSEN: Just last month,
the 70,000th student studied abroad with
Arcadia, a milestone number in the 70
years we have been facilitating international education experiences for students.
We have found that international academic
experiences non only increase student retention, but also enhance our engagement
with alumni. Many students who study
abroad form their own networks, as their
experiences bond them in unique ways. The
university facilitates and encourages alumni
networks and programs for students who
have studied abroad, which we have found
to be effective tools in keeping alumni engaged around the world.
We have, as a consequence of our endeavors, forged a kind of community that
transcends geography. Wherever I go in the
world I can connect with a diverse collection of individuals who identify themselves
at one level or another with the Arcadia
community. This sense of identity persists
for a lifetime as evidenced by the number
of Arcadia students who still, over many
years, maintain active communication with
our institution. These personal interactions,
at home and abroad, are in many ways the
most satisfying aspect of my work.
IE: Your doctoral degree included a
focus on international business and
ethics. As a student, what led you to
study international issues?
DeVILLE CHRISTENSEN: It is my contention that business and ethics are topics
that transcend national boundaries. Almost
all business is inevitably international in
operation and intention. In a related sense,
questions of ethics are not limited by geo-

graphical space. Questions of human rights
are clearly universal. If we consider the factors that inform the notion of a civil society,
we are inexorably drawn into transnational
contexts. These concepts tie into all business
constructs that I discussed with my students.
These were topics that personally interested me and fit within my own academic
area of growth and expertise, as I was teaching business and ethics during that period in
my life. But they also reflected my own sense
that all knowledge transcends the nation.
IE: How can colleges and universities
champion study abroad as a key
component of a college education that
prepares graduates to enter a global
workforce?
DeVILLE CHRISTENSEN: Faculty champions are key. They are the primary influencers
and mentors. Staff play a pivotal role as well.
Knowledge is not constrained by borders.
Students benefit by understanding and experiencing that reality. They should also be
realistic by acknowledging to students that
studying abroad on its own is not necessarily a distinctive benefit in the workplace. The
benefit derives from the student's ability to
translate those experiences into skills that can
be described to potential employers. Study
abroad should enhance students' capacity
for adaptability, self-reliance and problemsolving among all the other advantages that
are familiar within the rhetoric of the field.
In our justified enthusiasm for the benefits of study abroad we should avoid the
implication that study abroad is essential for
the development of employable skills. As a
serving president I am acutely aware that all
of our students have the right to an education that empowers them to live richer lives
in the workplace and in the world beyond
work. Study abroad is one route to that good
place but other paths may lead in other directions toward the same destination. IE
KEN BUDD has written for The New York
Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The
Washington Post, and many more publications.
He is the author of the award-winning memoir,
The Voluntourist (HarperCollins).

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2016

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - From the Editor
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - In Brief
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Voices
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Act Globally
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