Study Abroad: Trends and Issues in Student Affairs

Providing education abroad or “study abroad” opportunities is one form of international engagement in which many colleges and universities participate. The National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) notes in their Trends report [link] that each year hundreds of thousands of U.S. college students engage in short term, semester-long, or year-long study abroad programs. While rates of student participation have increased, opportunities to access study abroad may remain largely out of reach for many students. Yet, following last week’s Student Affairs Live episode [link], study abroad is noted one example of a “high-impact practice”, resulting in a number of positive student learning outcomes. Paired with the significant student identity and development possibilities that occur within study abroad, what opportunities exist for intentional partnership between student affairs, program administrators, and faculty? How can student affairs educators work to support students before, during, and after their study abroad experience?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea (who recently returned from co-leading a study abroad program in Europe), connects with four scholars, experts, and national leaders to discuss trends and issues related to study abroad. Joining Heather are Drs. Léna Kavaliauskas Crain, Stephen Ferst, Lisa Landreman, and Elizabeth Niehaus.

Tune in to the free webcast on Wednesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. ET or return to this page to view the archived video. No advance registration is required. During the episode, follow along on the Twitter backchannel by tweeting to #HigherEdLive. Questions for panelists? Send them in advance of the episode to

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