Study Abroad Programs: What Heads of School Should Know

April 2014 | 0 Comments  Average 5 out of 5

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More students are traveling abroad to enhance their educational experience, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Independent Schools and United Educators. The survey and a related summit assessed how independent schools are managing the risks study abroad programs pose and suggested questions heads of school should ask global studies coordinators.

For example, does your school operate its study abroad program with centralized coordination to ensure consistency in identifying, assessing, and understanding the impact of potential risks? Heads of school should also ask questions about:

  • Oversight
  • Approval and cancellation
  • Third-party providers
  • Selection of participants
  • Selection of leaders and chaperones
  • Orientation sessions
  • Risk transfer documents
  • Housing
  • Crisis response
  • Safety on site
  • Insurance
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Evaluation

Use the recommended questions to start a conversation about risks and identify steps your school should take to manage them.


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