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INbrief
Expectations Are Key in Language Learners' Assessment
of Their Study Abroad Experiences
ACCORDING TO A RECENT
REPORT from the International

Association of Language Centers (IALC),
setting accurate expectations before study
abroad experiences helps students positively assess their overall experience.
The report is based on a survey of 4,755
current and former study abroad participants from 136 countries and was focused
on language students' assessments of
how and to what extent their experiences
abroad met their predeparture expectations. Additional findings include:
Overall, students had a positive view

of their experiences-75 percent said
their expectations were met or exceeded.
Positive assessment of study abroad
experiences included progress in language
learning; learning comprehension and
spoken fluency were the most popular
responses for the skills most developed by
study abroad.
The aspects of language learning abroad
that most exceeded expectations were
school atmosphere, experiencing another
culture, and teaching quality. Respondents
were most commonly disappointed by
aspects related to accommodation.

Quality of language instruction in the
education destination was the area in which
participants had the highest expectations
before they studied abroad and the most
positive assessment after studying abroad.
When asked what their primary information source was for developing their
expectations, the most popular response
was school websites (32 percent), followed
by local education agents or agencies
(26 percent), and friends or relatives (20
percent).
Read the full report at
http://bit.ly/2GROCAQ.

Study Abroad Participants Report Strong Positive Impact
on Employability in the United States
A 2017 REPORT from the Institute of International Education

(IIE) provides an in-depth analysis of the impact of study abroad
on skills development and overall employability. The report was
produced in partnership with six education organizations and was
based on more than 4,500 responses from U.S. study abroad alumni.

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Key findings include:
n■ Seventy-eight percent of respondents have discussed study
abroad experiences in a job interview. Interviewees themselves, rather than potential employers, initiated the topic as a
means of bonding with the interviewer over shared international experience or to illustrate skills gained while abroad.
n■ Many respondents feel that their study abroad experience
offers the best example of overcoming discomfort, cultural
differences, and other obstacles.
n■ Respondents cited confidence, flexibility and adaptability,
intercultural skills, curiosity, self-awareness, interpersonal
skills, and communication as the skills most improved
by their study abroad experiences. At least 90 percent of
respondents said that each of these skills had "significantly"
or to "some degree" developed during their study abroad
experiences.
The report also examines the impact of various lengths of
study abroad experiences on skills development and career
prospects, the relationship between study abroad and courses of
study, and more.
Read the full report, Gaining an Employment Edge: The
Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills & Career
Prospects in the United States, at: http://bit.ly/2zWE9UQ.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 17
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 19
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 20
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 21
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 22
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 23
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 25
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 26
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 27
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 29
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 30
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 31
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 33
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 35
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 36
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 37
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 39
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 41
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 43
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 45
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Forum
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 47
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Focus
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