The writing of the Blue Sage e-book began in Cambridge, MA in early 2017. It continued in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, California, and then ventured to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, and France. We are very excited to announce that Study Abroad: A Guide for Program Developers has been released and is now available for download!
The project provides tips, strategies, and practical insight on how to build new study abroad programs from the ground up. Based on years of field experience in Brazil, Cuba, and Spain, the guide also offers methods for strengthening and expanding study center operations already in existence.
In the context of Study Abroad: A Guide for Program Developers, then, “development” refers to the earliest of planning and design stages (how to set up the funding transfers and legalization, for example) as well as stages much further into the lifeline of a program (rebuilding, enhancing, and optimizing, to name just a few development areas). The word “developers” in the title refers to those of us who participate in the creation and improvement of programs, whether located in the field or managing projects from afar.
Whether building from scratch or reconfiguring a program, the goal of the guide is to describe hands-on approaches that fully support students in these life-changing, experiential learning programs. The language is simple, theoretical discussion is kept to a minimum, and you do not have to read according to chapter numbers—the guide is designed to let you jump through each section and is intended for the following audiences:
- Development and management teams who have not had the opportunity to develop study abroad programs from scratch and who may find the endeavor to be daunting
- U.S.-based Program Directors who may not have had the chance to work in the field before assuming a leadership role that involves development
- Resident Directors and other Resident Staff members who are hired to build or rebuild the program that they will eventually lead
- The international relations or programs offices at foreign (non-U.S.) universities that want to consider some critical components—safety, emergency protocol, student-centered programming, and more—before creating their own programming and understand, in more depth, the different demands of U.S.-based sending institution
- Finally, the material here—while designed to be practical so that staff can implement efficiently—can be a resource for students in International Education Policy and Management programs, particularly final thesis projects that may involve building a study center
Please visit the Blue Sage on Facebook to read excerpts from the e-book!