In the midst of a tense political climate, this webinar draws on recent research and real-life experiences to illuminate the real and perceived stressors students face as U.S. students abroad. Panelists Susan Goldstein, Professor of Psychology at University of Redlands, Tracey Bradley, Executive Director of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, and Mark Rush, Professor of Politics and Director of International Education at Washington & Lee University, offer practical, tested approaches for diffusing anxieties, responding to problems that arise, and preparing students to be informed and respectful world citizens. This Practical Expertise Webinar was recorded on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Topics include:

  • Stereotype threat and perceptions of the U.S. abroad
  • Case studies on students facing uncomfortable encounters
  • Tools to encourage students to engage with difference before, during, and after study abroad


This is a recording of the Practical Expertise Webinar: Internships Abroad: Development, Integration, & Execution

Marianna Savoca, Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education at Stony Brook University – SUNY, Whitney Morgan, Experiential Programs Administrator, George Mason University, and Kelly Holland, Associate Director for Institutional Partnerships, Global Experiences, guide participants through important considerations for developing international internship opportunities for students and preparing students to pursue these internships abroad.

Topics include:

  • Internships abroad as work-integrated learning
  • What employers want: U.S. vs. abroad
  • Developing internships and vetting potential partners
  • Student recruitment and readiness


This is a recording of the Practical Expertise Webinar: Responding to Mental Health Events During Study Abroad

Experts Charlie Morse, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Director of Counseling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Bill Frederick, Principal of Lodestone Safety International, discuss best practices for preparing and supporting students and staff when mental health events occur away from campus. Topics include:

  • External Resources – What is available and what they can do for you
  • Management Plans – Preparation for known pre-existing mental health conditions
  • Staff Training – What staff can do
  • Performing Triage – Levels of response and how to assess

This is a recording of the Practical Expertise Webinar: How the EU General Data Protections Regulation Changes Apply to Education Abroad

Gian Franco Borio, Legal Counsel to the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) and to the European Association of Study Abroad (EUASA), and William Hoye, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at IES Abroad, discuss the expanded European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes effective in May 2018. Using case studies, the webinar walks participants through how these privacy laws apply to U.S. education abroad. Topics include:

  • Scope of application and key principles of the GDPR
  • What compliance looks like for U.S.-based institutions and organizations
  • How to assess your institution or organization’s current data protections procedures
  • What to do now to prepare for compliance