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Education Abroad

education, including, but not limited to, enrollment in courses, experiential learning, internships, service learning, and other learning activities, which occurs outside the participant's home country, the country in which they are enrolled as a student, or the country in which they are employed as personnel (3.34)

  • Note 1 to entry: Education abroad does not, in itself, result in a degree.

Education Abroad Advisor

(or Study Abroad Advisor) – A professional adviser who specializes in education abroad. Such an advisor explains to students the general education abroad process, helps students understand the education abroad choices available to them, and often does outreach work to identify prospective education abroad participants. Advising addresses a wide variety of topics including the types of available programs, application procedures, scholarship and financial information, the credit-approval process, academic major/minor articulation, pre-departure preparation, program requirements, and re-entry.

Education Abroad Director

(or Study Abroad Director) – A professional who provides overall leadership for and management of a university or college education abroad office and serves as the face of the education abroad office on campus. A wide range of responsibilities and duties may include advising, program management, personnel supervision, strategic planning, program development, collaboration with faculty, outreach, crisis management, and financial/budget management.

Educational Colonialism

The policy of acquiring full or partial control over another country’s educational system, occupying it with nonlocal teachers, and exploiting it educationally. (Simonson, 2014)

Eligible Institution

An accredited institution, or legally authorized foreign institution, of post-secondary education that the U.S. government has declared eligible to participate in Federal Student Aid Programs.

Embedded Program

(or Course-Embedded Study Abroad) – A short study abroad experience that forms an integral part of, or an optional add-on to, a course given on the home campus. Most commonly, the study abroad portion of the course takes place during a midterm break or after the end of the on-campus term and is just a week or two long.

Emergency Evacuation

Removing people, such as education abroad participants and staff, from a source of imminent danger. Sources of danger might include natural catastrophes (for example, earthquakes), man-made environmental catastrophes (for example, nuclear plant meltdowns), epidemics, civil unrest, war, and terrorism. Companies that provide emergency evacuation services may do so on an insurance policy basis or as a fee-for-service. In extreme cases, governments may provide evacuation services for their own citizens.

Emergency Plan

(or Crisis Management Plan) – Pre-established guidelines and practical measures that instruct how to respond in the case of emergencies affecting education abroad programs and participating students. These plans cover areas such as health and safety, emergency communication, funding for emergencies, and the order and responsibility for decision–making regarding continuance, suspension, evacuation or cancellation of a program. Contingency plans are considered essential to a program sponsor’s health and safety policies.

Entitlement Aid

Financial aid that is available to any applicant who meets certain qualifications, such as family income limits. At the federal level, Pell Grants and Stafford Loans are the most widely distributed type of entitlement aid.

Environmental Audit

A systematic and objective evaluation of how well a project, organization, individual, or service is performing in terms of environmental impact, including, but not necessarily limited to, compliance with any relevant standards or regulations.


having or exhibiting equity (3.13); characterized by fairness; just and right; reasonable


creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps.

  • Note 1 to entry: Adapted from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). [3]


A demonstrated awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff - Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California


moral principles that govern a person's behavior or how an activity is conducted

  • Note 1 to entry: As defined by the Oxford Dictionaries. [4]


critical examination involving interpretation and judgment related to effectiveness and quality


A program involving reciprocal movement of participants—whether faculty, students, staff, or community members—between institutions or countries.

Exchange(s) Coordinator

An individual who manages reciprocal, international exchange agreements. Responsibilities may include enrollment management, implementation of formal memoranda of understanding, coordination of exchange details with partner institutions throughout the world, facilitation of international student arrivals, and outgoing student advising and orientation.


(or Field Trip) - A group journey away from the main instructional location for educational purposes, whether as part of an academic course or as a program-wide activity involving, or open to, participants in all courses.

Expected Family Contribution

(or EFC) – The amount, according to a U.S. federal government formula, that a family can afford to pay toward a student’s annual cost of attendance. Colleges and universities use the EFC to determine financial aid eligibility.

Experiential Education

Learning by doing. This term, which traces its origins to the works of John Dewey, encompasses a vast array of approaches to learning inside and outside the classroom that complement more conventional instruction. Methods may include research, field trips or seminars, laboratory work, fieldwork or observation, as well as immersion in workplace settings, such as internships, volunteering, teaching, and paid jobs. Giving structure to the learning experience through observation, reflection and analysis is often seen as an essential element of experiential education. Experiential education may be curricular (for credit) or co-curricular (not for credit).

Experiential Site

Setting where students' experiential learning opportunities (e.g., [glossary]health-related program[/glossary], [glossary]community engagement[/glossary]) take place.

External Program

(or Outside Program or Nonaffiliated Program) – A program that is not recognized by a student’s home institution as belonging to any special category such as affiliated or institutionally administered. There is no connection to, or oversight by, the home institution, which may have implications for the applicability of financial aid, acceptance or type of credit, or the amount of support participating students receive from the home institution.