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I’m an Exchange Student Headed for the U.S. — What Do I Need to Know?

Students will sometimes ask us this question: what’s the most important thing to know about the United States? To some extent, the answer to this question will differ depending on where in the U.S. a student ends up living and studying. The United States is a big country, and there are definite regional differences. This […]

Will Study Abroad Make You Smarter?

I like infographics; they’re a different way of presenting information. Sometimes images and graphics help us remember data better. Many people find it to be a more efficient way to learn something. I thought readers of our blog might like this infographic that I came across the other day. Of course, who can resist the […]

An Exchange Student Wedding

My wife, Jenn, and I spent this past Saturday at the marriage of my former exchange student, Nha, from Vietnam. Nha spent the 2003-04 school year with my family through EF High School Exchange Year. She returned to the U.S. to go to college and recently started working at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). It […]

What’s More Important, Our Differences or Our Similarities?

I found myself agreeing with an article I read this morning and thought it was worth a quick share on this Friday afternoon. We work hard in our role as exchange coordinators to get our students to recognize differences between their home country’s culture and their host culture here in Oregon and the United States. […]

Another Way to Raise a Strong Child

“Raising strong kids.” That was the theme recently for a website inviting writers’ submissions. I don’t know what articles the website organizers ended up choosing from the proposals they received. I do know that I’ve got a way to raise strong children that most people just don’t think about. One way to raise a “strong […]

Today, An Exchange Student: Tomorrow . . . ?

“There’s no more important skill to succeed in the 21st century than a global mindset, and there’s no better way to develop a global mindset than studying abroad.” —Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University, Fulbright Scholar; author of Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World   I learned something interesting […]

Desire to Create Change, One Person at a Time

“I’m going to use my experiences and skills to help bring positive changes to Ghana my motherland, Africa my home, and the world as a whole. Dear friend, what do you think you can also do to promote change?” Emmanuel Kwabena Tetteh, August 2015 Emmanuel’s comments made me think about the old proverb about the […]

Seeing America (or part of it….): Road Trip With Our Exchange Student

I am not a travel blogger and don’t have any intention of trying to be one. And I don’t post many personal stories, except bits and pieces that relate to study abroad. But sometimes the two converge. We’re on day three of a road trip from Portland to San Diego, complete with RV, car in […]

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