API Research

Over the past several years, the field of International Education has adopted a serious focus on articulating and documenting desirable outcomes of a study abroad experience. Many different approaches are exemplified in recent issues of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, where researchers use the full range of quantitative and qualitative tools at their disposal to assess student learning abroad in multiple areas: second language acquisition abroad, accounting for learning across several domains, non-traditional students and programs, the impact of program duration, assessing curricular interventions, and more.

Inspired by such studies, and by additional work presented by colleagues at both NAFSA and CIEE conferences, API first launched our series of research initiatives in 2005 with a two-pronged approach to investigating students’ goals for and beliefs about living and learning abroad. We began by looking at past program evaluations to determine the most important learning opportunities that API students mentioned time and again, and highlighted these in a publication called “Student Learning Abroad”, which was issued to commemorate the Year of Study Abroad in 2006 and reissued in an expanded version in 2007. At the same time, from 2005 to 2007, we carried out a two‐year research project focused on “Goals Setting in Study Abroad”. Throughout this study, we aimed to get a greater sense of what students hoped to achieve while abroad in order to provide them with the support they needed to succeed on their own terms. Following on the Goals project, API continued our research initiatives with our “Global Perspectives” project, using the newly created Global Perspectives Inventory (GPI) and complementary open-ended queries to gain a sense of our students’ perceptions of “global citizenship” and “global competence”.

All API research projects are designed with a consciousness-raising component. We believe the act of encouraging our students to consider a given set of questions contributes to increasing their awareness of the issues themselves, and opens a space for dialogue that may otherwise have remained unexplored. We also consistently use our research results to inform the design of new resources and programming that can support our students in a more targeted manner and help them become more proactive and deliberate learners. In all our work, API is committed to facilitating student learning through a multifaceted approach which takes into account the objectives and beliefs of our students as well as best practices in the field of International Education.

API Publications and Resources

API Presentations

One of the ways that API remains an active contributor to the field of international education is through participation in conferences, sessions, workshops, and presentations. These are listed below in reverse chronological order.

API Presentations

  • November 2018: "Articulating Values to Guide Programming Development and Selection for High-Impact Experiences Abroad" CIEE Conference Barcelona, Spain [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2018: "Leveling Up Returnee Engagement: Strategies to Enhance Learning and Engagement" NAFSA Region III Conference Little Rock, AR [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2018: "Education Abroad: Critical Skills for the Adviser" 8-hour NAFSA CEP Workshop NAFSA Region III Conference Little Rock, AR [Chelsea Kindred, Lead Trainer]
  • October 2018: "Challenges and Opportunities: Working Effectively with Faculty Leaders" at the NAFSA Region V Conference in Schamburg, IL [Jason Kouba, Presenter]
  • October 2018: "Service & Support Animals Abroad: Advising & Executing" at the NAFSA Region XI conference in Portland, ME [Carolyn Lutes, Presenter]
  • October 2018: "Building Collaborations for Successful Study Abroad Experiences" at the NAFSA Region III conference in Little Rock, AR [Hannah Olevson, Co-Presenter]
  • May 2018: "CC Speaker Series: Managers View: Using Career PRint for Your Staff's Professional Development" panel NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA [Amy Whitish-Temple, Panelist]
  • May 2018: "A Snapshot of Crisis Management Techniques from the Perspective of an Education Abroad Provider" poster session at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA [Ilene Tillman and Jason Kouba, Presenters]
  • May 2018: "Digital Badges as Innovative Tools in Education Abroad Learning and Engagement" session at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA [Chelsea Kindred, Chair]
  • May 2018: "A Blueprint for Education Abroad Returnee Programming" session at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2018: "Navigating Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad workshop at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA [Chelsea Kindred, Trainer]
  • April 2018: "Why You Should Go Abroad: Exploring Global Opportunities for High School Students” closed session at the Diversity Abroad Annual Conference in Miami, FL [Jenny Doder, Presenter]
  • April 2018: "Exploring the Complexities of Advocating for Transgender, Gender Expansive & Intersex Students in Education Abroad" session at Diversity Abroad Annual Conference, Miami, FL [Jason Kouba, Presenter]
  • April 2018: "Navigating Our Identities at Home: Reflections on Intercultural Competency and Leadership" session at the Diversity Abroad Annual Conference in Miami, FL [Chelsea Kindred, Chair]
  • March 2018: "Digital Badges as Innovative Tools in Education Abroad Learning and Engagement" session at the Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference in Boston, MA [Chelsea Kindred, Chair]
  • March 2018: "Education Abroad Overview Workshop" at the NAFSA Academy Spring Training Conference in Atlanta, GA [Amy Whitish-Temple, Presenter]
  • November 2017: "Advising Transgender Students: What Study Abroad Advisors Need to Know" session at NAFSA Tri-Regional Conference, Denver, CO [Jason Kouba, Presenter]
  • November 2017: "Pre-Departure (Dis)Orientation - Making Sure Students are Effectively Engaged" at the Region XI Conference in Bretton Woods, NH [Amy Whitish-Temple, Session Chair]
  • November 2017: "The Stiff Upper Lip: Response and Resiliency in the UK" session at the NAFSA Region XI Conference in Bretton Woods, NH [Ilene Tillman, Presenter]
  • October 2017: "Framing Study Abroad Engagement as Civic Responsibility" session at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2017: "Alumni Networks: Building Mutually Beneficial Relationships" session at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2017: Panel on Customized Programs at the MaCie Conference [Julie Leitman, Panelist]
  • October 2017: "Parents as Partners: How to Set Expectations and Bring Out Their Best" webinar for APUAF in France [Julie Leitman, Co-Presenter]
  • June 2017: "Evaluating Your Protocols: The Value of Completing and External Security Assessment" session at the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practice Institute "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security, and Risk Management" in Austin, TX [Courtney Greene, Chair and Co-Presenter]
  • June 2017: "Using Social Media to Support Student Learning Abroad" at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA [Chelsea Kindred, Co-Presenter]
  • May 2017: "Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming" at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA [Chelsea Kindred, Lead Trainer]
  • April 2017: "LGBTQI+ Watch: The View from the Study Abroad Office" at the Diversity Abroad Community Discussion [Christie Johnson, Co-Panelist]
  • March 2017: "Millenials vs. Gen Z" at the WAIE Conference in Sheboygan, WI [Hannah Olevson, presenter]
  • February 2017: "Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience: Re-Entry, Reverse Culture Shock, Challenges and Tips" at the Connecticut Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference in West Hartford, CT [Ilene Tillman, co-presenter]
  • January 2017: "Parents as Partners: How to Set Expectations and Bring out Their Best" webinar for Showa International, Brookline, MA [Julie Leitman, Presenter]
  • November 2016: "Making the Case for Innovative Returnee Programming: From Theory to Practice" session at NAFSA Region II Conference in Santa Fe, NM [Chelsea Kindred, Session Chair]
  • November 2016: "Making the Case for Innovative Returnee Programming: From Theory to Practice" session at NAFSA Bi-Regional III and VII Conference in New Orleans, LA [Chelsea Kindred, Session Chair]
  • October 2016: "Not a Target: Partnerships for Diversity in Education Abroad" session at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC [Chelsea Kindred, Facilitator]
  • October 2016: "Advising Transgender Students: What Study Abroad Advisors Need to Know" session at the NAFSA Region V Conference in Milwaukee, WI [Jason Kouba, Co-Presenter]
  • October 2016: "Return to Sender: When and How to Send Study Abroad Students Home (Early)" at the NAFSA Region V Conference in Milwaukee, WI [Jason Kouba, Co-Presenter]
  • October 2016: "Partnering with Parents: Collaboration not Confrontation" sesssion at NAFSA Region XI Conference in Newport, RI [Julie Leitman, Co-Presenter]
  • October 2016: "Becoming Fluent in STEM: EA Professionals Learning the Lingo" sesssion at NAFSA Region XI Conference in Newport, RI [Julie Leitman, Co-Presenter]
  • October 2016: "NAFSA Collegial Conversation on Returnee Programming" webinar [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2016: ""Live" from Trainer Corps: Transferable Training Skills for International Educators" at the NAFSA Region XI Conference in Newport, RI [Amy Whitish-Temple, Presenter]
  • August 2016: "How to Create a Successful Re-Entry Experience in International Education" online webinar, Inside Study Abroad [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2016: "Advising Transgender Students: What Study Abroad Advisors Need to Know" poster session at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, CO [Jason Kouba and Christie Johnson, Presenters]
  • May 2016: "NAFSA Open Meeting: Education Abroad Returnee Learning" at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, CO [Chelsea Kindred, Facilitator]
  • May 2016 "Trainer Corps Induction and Enrichment Workshops" at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, CO [Amy Whitish-Temple, Trainer, NAFSA Trainer Corps Preparation Team]
  • May 2016: "Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming CTW 4-Hour Workshop" at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, CO [Chelsea Kindred, Lead Trainer]
  • May 2016: "Partnering with Parents: Strategies to Manage Expectations for Education Abroad" session at NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, CO [Julie Leitman, Co-Presenter]
  • April 2016: "LGBTQI+ Watch: The View from the Study Abroad Office" at the Diversity Abroad Conference in Atlanta, GA [Christie Johnson, Co-Presenter]
  • March 2016: "Reaching Students Where They Are: Creative Engagement Strategies" at the Arkansas State Meeting in Pine Bluff, AR [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • February 2016: "Health, Safety & Risk Management in Education Abroad" session at Texas State NAFSA Meeting in Lubbock, TX [Christie Johnson, Co-Presenter]
  • February 2016: "Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience: Re-Entry, Reverse Culture Shock, Challenges and Tips" at the Connecticut Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference in New Haven, CT [Ilene Tillman, Co-Presenter]
  • December 2015: "Advising Transgender Students: What Study Abroad Advisors Need to Know" session at the NAFSA Region IV Conference in Des Moines, IA [Jason Kouba, Presenter]
  • October 2015: "Engaging Study Abroad Students at an Earlier Age" session at the IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit in Washington, DC [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2015: "Promoting Faculty-Led Program Success through Effective Communication & Collaboration" session at the NAFSA Region XII Conference in Honolulu, HI [Julie Van Vechten-Smith, Co-Presenter]
  • June 2015: "So How Do I Pay For This?" poster session at the annual NAFSA Conference in Boston, MA [Ilene Tillman, Co-Presenter]
  • May 2015: "Gender Discrimination (Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Act: Regulatory Implications for Study Abroad" session at the annual NAFSA Conference in Boston, MA [Courtney Greene, chair and Co-Presenter]
  • March 2015: "How Far Do You Go to Make it Work? Bringing the Disability Debate to the Table" session at the Forum on Education Abroad Conference in New Orleans, LA [Christie Johnson, Co-Presenter]
  • March 2015: "Transgender Students: Challenges and Barriers to Study Abroad" session at the Diversity Abroad Conference in New Orleans, LA [Christie Johnson, Co-Presenter]
  • February 2015: "Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience: Re-Entry, Reverse Culture Shock, Challenges, and Tips" session at the Connecticut Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference in Bridgeport, CT [Ilene Tillman, Co-Presenter]
  • November 2014: "Best Practices for Alumni Programming" at the NAFSA Region VIII Conference in Williamsburg, VA [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • November 2014: "Faculty-Led Hybrid Program Development" session at the NAFSA Region III Conference in Fort Worth, TX [Roni Sivan, Co-Presenter]
  • November 2014: "Social Media: The Increasingly Vital Marketing and Advising Tool in Education Abroad" session at the NAFSA Region III Conference in Fort Worth, TX [Christie Johnson, Co-Presenter]
  • October 2014: "Generation Study Abroad's Big Idea #9: Engaging the Private Sector" session at the NAFSA Bi-Regional X & XI conference in Albany, NY [Julie Leitman, Co-Presenter]
  • October 2014: "Partnering with Parents: How to Manage Expectations and Bring out their Best" session at the NAFSA Bi-Regional X & XI Conference in Albany, NY [Julie Leitman, Presenter]
  • May 2014: "Learning Transformed: Experiences Beyond Study Abroad" poster session at the annual NAFSA Conference in San Diego, CA [Barbara West and Karen Williams, Co-Presenters]
  • November 2013: "Education Abroad Hot Topic: Visa Updates for France, Italy, Spain, UK and World-At-Large" session at the NAFSA Region IV Conference in Rapid City, SD [Karen Williams, Presenter]
  • October 2013: "Education Abroad Alumni Programming: A Diversity of Applications" session at the NAFSA Region II Conference in Bozeman, MT [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2013: "Living an Internationally-Focused Life" session at the Lessons From Abroad Conference in Chicago, IL [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • September 2013: "Living an Internationally-Focused Life" session at the Lessons From Abroad Conference in Oklahoma [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • September 2013: "Introduction to the Field of International Education" session at the Lessons From Abroad Conference in Central Texas [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2013: "Fundamentals of Short-Term Education Abroad Programming" workshop at NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, MO [Chelsea Kindred, Lead Trainer]
  • May 2013: "Supporting Outreach and Engagement with Alumni" poster session at NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, MO [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2013: "Work, Internship, and Volunteer Abroad" poster session at NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, MO [Julie Van Vechten-Smith, Presenter]
  • May 2013: "Advancing NAFSA's Public Policy Agenda Through Grassroots Advocacy" session at NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, MO [Courtney Greene, Presenter]
  • May 2013: "Google Apps for Enhancing the Education Abroad Experience" session at NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, MO [Jeramy Johnson, Presenter]
  • November 2012: "Why Blogging Isn't Dead" session at NAFSA Region I in Tacoma, Washington [Julie Van Vechten Smith, Presenter]
  • November 2012: "Pin Them Down: Millenials and Social Media" session at NAFSA Region XI in Portland, Maine [Kim Karalekas, Presenter]
  • October 2012: "Blogging: Creating Opportunities for Outreach" session at the NAFSA Region V Conference in Madison, WI [Christie Johnson, Presenter]
  • October 2012: AFSA Region III and VII Bi-Regional Conference [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2012: "Engaging Students in Orientation By Appealing to A Variety of Learning Styles" [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • October 2012: "Why Blogging Isn't Dead" session at NAFSA XII in San Jose, CA [Julie Van Vechten Smith, Presenter]
  • October 2012: "Making Meaning of the American Student—Spanish Host Family Experience" session at NAFSA III & VII in San Juan, Puerto Rico [Courtney Link, Presenter]
  • October 2012: "Introduction to Pinterest and its International Education Applications" session at NAFSA III & VII in San Juan, Puerto Rico [Kim Karalekas, Presenter]
  • May 2012: NAFSA National Conference, CEP Workshop Trainer [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2012: Short-Term Education Abroad Programming [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2012: NAFSA National Conference, Poster Presentation [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • April 2012: "Education Abroad Students and the Visa Process" [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • March 2012: "Best Practices for Study Abroad Fairs" Wisconsin Association of International Educators Conference in Appleton, WI [Christie Johnson, Presenter]
  • March 2012: "Study Abroad: Tomorrow's Technology Today" session at CCIS Conference in Washington, DC [Jeramy Johnson, participant]
  • February 2012: "Increasing Student Engagement in Orientation: Tools to Satisfy a Variety of Learning Styles" session at NAFSA Texas Meeting at Austin College in Sherman, Texas [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • November 2011: “New Media: Friend or Foe” session NAFSA Regions I and XII joint conference in Reno, NV [Kim Karalekas, Presenter]
  • November 2011: "Facilitating Traditional Study Abroad Goals for the Smartphone Generation" session at NAFSA Region V conference in Champaign, IL [Christie Johnson, Presenter]
  • November 2011: Short-Term Education Abroad Programming [Courtney Link, Presenter]
  • May 2011: "Unique Uses of Technology and Social Media in International Education" poster fair at the national NAFSA conference in Vancouver, Canada [Jeramy A. Johnson, Presenter]
  • April 2011: “Sustainability Practices in Education Abroad”, session at the FORUM on Education Abroad Conference in Boston, MA [Jeramy A. Johnson, panelist]
  • February 2011: NAFSA Collegial Conversation “Optimizing Your Use of Social Media” online interactive webinar [Jeramy A. Johnson, panelist]
  • November 2010: “Trolls, Trawlers and Tweeters – Common Social Media Dangers and How to Avoid Them”, session at the NAFSA Region VIII Conference in Richmond, VA. [Jeramy A. Johnson, Presenter]
  • October 2010: “Using Technology to Engage Students in Education Abroad”, session at the NAFSA Region I conference in Corvallis, OR [Jeramy A. Johnson, Presenter]
  • October 2010: “Leadership Development Opportunities in NAFSA”, session at the NAFSA Region III conference in New Orleans, LA [Chelsea Kindred, Presenter]
  • May 2010: “Knowing Your Resources: Working with the U.S. Department of State and the Overseas Security Advisory Council”, session at the Annual NAFSA Conference, Kansas City, MO [Courtney Goike, chair]
  • May 2010: “From Theory to Practice and Back: Applying Social Science Theory to International Education”, seminar at national NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, seminar chair and Presenter]
  • November 2009: “Innovative Communication Tools: IM and Twitter”, session at the NAFSA Region VIII conference. [Jeramy A. Johnson, Presenter]
  • November 2009: “The iPhone as Virtual Bookbag – How to Make Your Intercultural Program more Portable”, session at the CIEE Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey [Dr. Sharon Foerster, Presenter]
  • November 2009: “Mindful Engagement; Multi‐faceted Tools for Linguistic and Cultural Learning Abroad”, session at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA [Dr. Sharon Foerster, Presenter]
  • October 2009: “Rhinestone Marketing: Creating Social Networking Gems on a Budget”, session at the NAFSA Region III conference. [Jeramy A. Johnson, Presenter]
  • October 2009: “Leave Your Diamonds at Home: Tips for ‘Packing’ Realistic Expectations”, session at the NAFSA Region III conference [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • October 2009: “Knowing your Resources: Working with OSAC and the Department of State”, session at the NAFSA Region III conference [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • October 2009: “Education Abroad Visa Update/Best Practices”, session at the NAFSA Region III conference [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • October 2009: “Issues in Study Abroad”, session at the Mountain Interleague Foreign Language Conference. [Christie D. Johnson, Presenter]
  • May 2009: “Going High‐Tech: How to Make the Leap in the Education Abroad Office”, session at national NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • May 2009: “Judicial Affairs Abroad: Developing Responsible and Engaged Global Citizens”, session at national NAFSA conference. [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • July 2008: Education Abroad Advising", workshop at the NAFSA Summer Institute in Chicago. [Courtney Goike, trainer]
  • May 2008:"Millennials, Helicopter Parents, and Study Abroad: Challenges and Strategies", session at national NAFSA conference. [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • November 2007: "Pre‐Departure Orientation: An Institutional and Third‐Party Provider View", session at Region III NAFSA conference. [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • November 2007: “Taking Initiative: Experiential Learning in International Education”, session at Region III NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, session chair and Presenter]
  • October 2007: "Facilitating a Successful Visa Process: Turning Policies and Paperwork into an Educational Experience,e" session at Region XI NAFSA conference. [Courtney Goike, Presenter]
  • May 2007: participant in “Education Abroad: What’s New, What’s Working” Poster Group at national NAFSA conference. [Cathy Rao, Presenter]
  • May 2007: participant in “International Education Research” Poster Group at national NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • November 2006: “Training for Active Learning: Engaging the Environment in Seville & Beyond”, workshop at CIEE conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • November 2006: “ ‘Realizing’ Student Potential: Identifying Goals for Study Abroad and Lessons Learned”, session at CIEE conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, session chair and Presenter]
  • November 2006: “Developing and Administering Quality Short‐Term Education Abroad Programs”, session at Region XI NAFSA conference. [Julie Leitman, Presenter]
  • May 2006: participant in “International Education Research” Poster Group at national NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • May 2006: “Theory and Training for Effective Culture Learning for Education Abroad Programming”, workshop at national NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • May 2006: “Think and Learn Outside the Classroom: Short‐Term Study Abroad Opportunities for Faculty and Students”, workshop at Salem State College. [Julie Leitman, Presenter]
  • November 2005: “Educational ‘Connections’: Using Technology to Prepare Students for Study Abroad”, session at Region II/III NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, session chair and Presenter]
  • May 2005: “Theory and Training for Effective Culture Learning for Education Abroad Programming”, workshop at national NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • November 2004: “Bringing it Home: Resources for Reentry Programming at the Campus Level”, session at CIEE conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]
  • November 2004: “Home Again: Designing Study Abroad Reentry for your Campus”, session at Region XI NAFSA conference. [Vija G. Mendelson, Presenter]