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Original Article: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Coverage Update "The U.S. Government has restricted travel to and from European countries for 30 days as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. The measure will go into effect on midnight Friday, March 13, 2020. Unfortunately, governmental travel warnings, restrictions or bans are not eligible reasons for trip cancellation or...
The health and safety of our travelers is always our top priority, as we’ve supported our customers through major disruptions, including health concerns, civil unrest and environmental events for nearly 40 years. In an effort to support our groups who are preparing for travel, we have put together this list of frequently asked...
There’s always something new to discover in Israel, from archaeological finds to cultural experiences. Here are a few ideas for an in-depth & interactive itinerary. Biblical/Historical In addition to the more well-known sites, there is plenty more to see when it comes to experiencing the lands of the Bible. Consider extending...
Discussions of the Bible lands typically evoke images of Israel & its prominent biblical sites. Yet, its neighbors, Jordan & Egypt, are also steeped in rich Christian history. Tours to these areas can be combined with the Holy Land or Footsteps pilgrimages or stand on their own for a more in-depth study. Biblical...
You’ve decided the focus of your study abroad program, chosen a destination, and ideas are flowing. Now, how do you keep the momentum going throughout the program development process? We’ve asked three international education program developers to share roadblocks they've faced and how to overcome them. Meet our experts: Dr. Brandon Cromer,...
Creating a successful study abroad program requires balancing the quality of the students’ experience with affordability. Yes, everyone wants study abroad programs to be accessible to all students, but they also need to truly add value to the students’ education.  What’s the best way to make that happen?  We asked for tips from three international education program...
As program developers, one of our main responsibilities is offering students study abroad experiences that improve their cultural competence. We can do that by providing exposure to a variety of people, areas and/or aspects of the culture, challenging students' to examine preconceived notions, and inviting them to form relationships with local people. But how...
As we discussed in our last "Ask the Experts" installment, developing a faculty-led program with a co-leader has a number of advantages. But, is it worth it to consider partnering with a professor from another discipline? Let's talk about it. To discuss best practices from a number of perspectives, we spoke with...
A common issue that can make a huge difference in the quality of your program is the student-to-faculty ratio. Too many students can lead to safety issues; too few, and you may run into budget challenges (especially if the group leader is traveling for free). We asked the experts to offer their advice on finding the perfect balance. Our three...
In this second installment of our "Ask the Experts" series, we're taking a look at the proposal planning process for short-term study abroad trips. We'll discuss a basic timeline for program development, pre-proposal to-dos, and key topics to discuss with your provider. To offer a well-rounded view of faculty-led program planning best practices, we...