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EDUCATION ABROAD

One challenge that the University of Minnesota's
Learning Abroad Center faces with short-term programs, Blahnik says, is that most are "new each year and
often run only once." That puts a burden on his selffunded office, which is spending as much staff time on
a three-credit program as it does on programs that can
result in students receiving up to 16 credits.
"The overhead and administration associated with
building the itinerary and curriculum can only be
spread across one, often smallish group of students,"
says Blahnik, whose 40 staff members work with about
5,000 students annually on more than 300 programs.
"We work with the colleges and do our best to equitably
split the workload so all parties can create high-quality,
safe learning experiences that don't break the bank, but
it is certainly a balancing act."

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For smaller institutions with a long history of study
abroad programs, such as Kalamazoo and the
University of Dayton, the biggest hurdle is not getting
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"We have to be mindful and innovative,"
Wiedenhoeft says. "We have a legacy system that
is really a traditional model of study abroad-held
during the junior year, with students being gone for
two-thirds of the academic year. That is not the way it
works for most students now. Most have time pressure,
money pressure, and a real sense of 'FOMO' (fear of
missing out)."
McBride, whose office also is self-funded and
gives a portion of any profits to the university's
general fund, has been working on a five-year strategic plan. The focus, she says, will be on increasing
diversity and student access while maintaining the
office's independence.
"It's a juggle sometimes in terms of priorities," she
says. "We have to look for ways to make programs more
affordable while maintaining quality. Offices like ours
feel pressure during the budget process because people
get used to you bringing money into the university-but
at the same time, you want to make sure your program
is accessible to everyone. We're putting together models
now and will see how it goes."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - July/August 2018

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Brazil
Quick Questions
Feature: A Shock to the System
Feature: Something Old, Something New
Feature: Building on Strengths
Feature: Weathering the Storm
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF1
International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF2
International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF3
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - July/August 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - 11
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Global Spotlight: Brazil
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: A Shock to the System
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: Something Old, Something New
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Education Leadership
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