The Global Classroom: An Essential Guide to Study Abroad

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  • Length: 160 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-677-1
  • Publish date: June 2010
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Travel abroad has become a standard feature of global citizenship and many seek help in making sure their travel experiences are fulfilling. University based tours and travel programs are among the most popular for the educated sojourner. This book is aimed at students, professors, and study abroad professionals, but anyone who wants help in preparing for informed and culturally sensitive travel will benefit from its extensive resources.

Both a primer for a holistic experience abroad and a practical guide to issues that arise in any travel setting, The Global Classroom is an essential travel companion. It explores the philosophy behind overseas travel, the potential value of the experience, practical preparation for study abroad, selecting the right program, actively engaging in foreign educational settings, reorientation challenges, and exploring pathways for integrating the experience into careers as engaged global citizens. The guide concludes with an appendix containing valuable resources for easy use by all.

  • The Global Classroom: An Essential Guide to Study Abroad is both a primer to help students prepare for a holistic study abroad experience, and a practical guide to issues that may arise during their time abroad.
  • This book highlights links between identity and cross-cultural theory, experiential learning, critical analysis, and the practical study abroad experience.
  • The book explores the entire study abroad experience, from the decision to study abroad, to program choice, to pre-departure planning, to the on-site experience, and even the return home.
  • The guide concludes with worksheets and resources easy to use by study abroad professionals and students.
  • Photos throughout the book show students in travel abroad settings from every continent.

Author Info

Jeffrey Lantis is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the International Relations Program at The College of Wooster in Ohio. He has extensive international study and travel experience, having recently served as a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Australian National University. He is the author of books including The Life and Death of International Treaties (2008), and co-editor of Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective: Domestic and International Influences on State Behavior (2001) and The New International Studies Classroom: Active Teaching, Active Learning (2000). In addition, Lantis has published numerous articles and book chapters on strategic culture, transatlantic relations, and foreign policy analysis.

Jessica DuPlaga is the Director of International and Off-Campus Study at The College of Wooster. She participated in three study abroad programs herself in France and Belgium, and then worked for four years in academic advising and student services at the IES Nantes Center in France before returning to work at the College of Wooster in 2007 as Director of International and Off-Campus Study. Living, studying, and working abroad have been an integral part of DuPlaga’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional background, and she is devoted to sharing her passion for international education and helping students create positive and purposeful international experiences for themselves.


Check out the latest review of The Global Classroom by Professor Virginia Wickline of NAFSA.

“Students will both learn much from and enjoy this well-written text, as will the study abroad professionals who design programs and advise students. This book is a wonderful addition to the field of education abroad.”
Brian Whalen, President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad, and Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Office of Global Education at Dickinson College

“The authors tell the story of why and how students can optimally benefit and grow from their experiences before, during, and after study abroad. The book is filled with examples, suggestions, websites, and contacts that anyone can profitably use. In sum, the book provides a practical and useful map for anyone associated with study abroad.”
Larry Braskamp, Professor Emeritus at Loyola University—Chicago, Senior Fellow at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Senior Scientist at The Gallup Organization

“This is a very well-written and comprehensive guide to study abroad. It touches on all the bases that study abroad advisers want their students to understand. It’s accessible to the student and useful for the instructor.”
Jeanne Hey, Director, International Studies Program and Professor of Political Science, Miami University



Chapter 1 Getting Started: Why Study Abroad?

Chapter 2 The First Steps: How to Choose the Right Program for You

Chapter 3 Almost There: Preparing to Study Abroad

Chapter 4 Getting the Most Out of Your Experience

Chapter 5 Re-orientation

Chapter 6 Continuing the Educational Journey


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