|Students gaze at the eiffle tower, |
is this what study abroad means to them?
|Learning about gravity on the Equator. |
Photo credit: Julie Veltman.
|Celebrating a student's birthday.|
me tips I think could be starting points for more realistic expectations and better learning:
|Serving others during a summer |
study abroad program.
- Find photos and videos that are still interesting, but depict learning. For example, on an excursion, ask a tour guide if photos can be taken with him/her talking with the students. Capture laughter in the classroom. Subtly take photos of a typical walk to and from class. Capture the moment students taste something new. I think all the photos in this post begin to capture this idea.
- Ask students to depict the “other side of study abroad.” I believe they can easily recognize the difference between what is portrayed and their real experience, especially when confronted with the question.
- Use the images captured above in your presentations and orientations, and explain their background.
- Ask students who have studied abroad before to tell their stories in person. In my experience, their first words are not “We stood in front of the eiffel tower,” but, rather, something much deeper. It helps to ask good questions of the students.