The World’s Most Talent Ready Countries, 2015

Immigration may be controversial, but the world would be a poorer place without it.

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“Foreign experience goes hand-in-hand with part of being the talent pool…and it is something the young people today know…”


The Forum on Education Abroad: 2015 State of the Field Survey Report Now Available Online


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2015 State of the Field Survey Report Now Available Online

Note:  I find it interesting to learn The Forum confirms program cost and rising cost as the top concern preventing students from studying abroad. I shared this same concern with higher education administrators and education abroad colleagues, within the past year. Program cost and rising costs were followed by health and safety concerns, and adequate pre-departure preparation.

I have yet to meet a student who does not want to study abroad. Most students I advised in the past year cited ineligibility for financial aid or loans, unsustainable high-interest loans, or lack of personal savings or source of funding to support them throughout the program as their main reason for not studying abroad. This problem is made worse when students fall into the category of “non-traditional” college students; that is students who: 1) are first-time college students in their family facing economic challenges; 2) work full or part-time and study part-time; 3) are individuals or working parents returning to college for a career change, or veterans.

The question is, as education abroad advisors how do we access funding resources and pair them to students who are excellent candidates for study abroad? ~Mary Getsey Bernier, Jump Start Solutions LLC

“The Forum is pleased to release the 2015 State of the Field Survey Report. Since 2006, the State of the Field Survey has polled Forum member institutions and organizations on key issues and trends in the field of education abroad, tracking changes over the years. This year, the survey also revisited the questions asked in The Forum’s 2007 Survey on Program Management in Education Abroad. Key findings include:

• The Top 3 concerns in the field this year were: 1. Program costs and rising costs, 2. Health and safety, 3. Adequate preparation of students;
• Increased collaboration between U.S. institutions and third-party program provider organizations and consortia;
• Fewer site visits paid for entirely by program provider organizations and an increase in cost-sharing efforts for these visits;
• Increased transparency efforts through communications and publicity.”

How to Study or Work Abroad—No Matter Who You Are or What You Do

An experience abroad can be your ticket to a new or better career.

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Natalie Jesionka of explains the vast personal opportunities and professional experience study abroad offers, for students and professionals…

45 Top Colleges to Study Abroad

Here are the 45 colleges where over 50% of students study abroad.

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Study Abroad Trivia Challenge:  Can you guess first college in the USA to require study abroad, which also boasts an unofficial study-abroad rate of 118% (due to students studying abroad multiple times)?


Contact Jump Start Solutions, to identify your ideal study abroad program.

The Study-Abroad Solution

The failure of the broader U.S. public to encounter foreigners, except through a gun sight, is not just unfortunate but also dangerous. The United States should massively increase the number of Americans who go abroad for some part of their education and bring home essential knowledge and new perspectives.

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John Kerry

GARY CAMERON / REUTERS John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, holds the diplomatic passport he was issued at eleven years old, while greeting employees of the State Department in Washington, D.C., February 2013.

The Study-Abroad Solution (click to read the full article)

An excellent essay by Sanford Ungar on the benefits and challenges of study abroad. American students are “infrequent fliers,” only “304,000 U.S. students studied abroad for credit during the 2013–14 academic year, which represented about 1.5 percent of all American students enrolled in institutions of higher education that year.”

As an American student, what keeps you from studying abroad? Contact Jump Start Solutions, to learn more about study abroad services.

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Why studying abroad could help you get hired

Want to increase your chances of landing a job after graduation? Go see the world.
A recent study investigating the impact of mobility on employability, skills development, institutional …

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If not now, when? Study abroad!


Contact Jump Start Solutions to learn more about  Education Abroad Support Services, and how to locate the perfect study abroad program to pair with your personal and academic goals.

TSU Wins Award For International Education

Tennessee State University is one of five schools nationwide to win the Andrew Heiskell Award for innovation in international education.

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Congratulations, TSU!


“TSU won a special award in the category of internationalizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities for an initiative on diversity and international affairs.”