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The Study Abroadcast is part of the international higher education website, Study Abroad Smarter [1] . The site features articles, infographics, and interviews with students, advisors, and travel bloggers who have studied abroad all over the world.

There have been over 70 interviews representing 20+ countries as of this writing.

History

Concept

Because only 10 percent of students study abroad, The Study Abroadcast was created to feature inspiring, motivational stories of others who have studied and interned abroad. Stories focus heavily on scholarship and grant strategy as well as innovation and languages.

Platforms

  1. iTunes
  2. Spotify
  3. Stitcher Radio
  4. Overcast (app)
  5. Pocketcasts
  6. Google Podcasts
  7. Anchor
  8. Radio Republic
  9. Breaker
  10. Castbox

Partnerships

Study Abroad Smarter is a Commitment Partner with the Institute of International Education (IIE) [3] and a member of The National Association For Study Abroad [4] (NAFSA).

Reception

The show has been warmly received throughout the higher education community as evidenced by its increasingly global audience which now spans six continents.


Dr. Terri Schroth of Aurora University criticized the show for 'click bating' students in an email to the host:

It's really too bad that you chose to make the link and the title say that Ryan "received 6 credits and took 0 classes.” This is extremely unprofessional and not well thought out. This is more clickbait for students than anything else, which is not something I want my programs to be involved in nor our students. In international programs, we are professionals who have worked very hard to “professionalize” study abroad. For many years, people saw it as “vacation time” or not serious academically for students. We have gotten this false perception changed in the 2000s. We have added academic rigor and experiential learning that build upon the professional skills of students to help them get ready for the workplace. Ryan’s internship in Barcelona was one of those opportunities.

Unfortunately, your article here undermines that. Administrators approving such experiences abroad, including myself, would not enjoy reading this assessment of what a study abroad experience is. Your article could in fact harm future study abroad approval because of your flippant writing. There are consequences to this. Ryan EARNED 6 credits abroad. To state that he took 0 classes—is UNTRUE. While he did not sit in a classroom, he was involved in the internship for credit as well as working with me as his faculty sponsor to report back on his professional development (which is a class).

Also, it's unfortunate that it was stated that Ryan had no aspirations to learn Spanish. While foreign languages aren't mandatory abroad, we are trying to encourage them for communication and they are important--Ryan told me after his internship that he wished he had learned more Spanish.

So, unfortunately, after reading the article, I can't use it for promotion of our programs because I find it rather unprofessional and not highlighting the academic aspect on which we focus. I will no longer send any of my students to speak with you.


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