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Introductory / Director's Courses for Study Abroad

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    Pedro Esteban Ponce


    I’m in my first year of directing a study abroad program in Madrid. I was interested in hearing from current or former study abroad directors about how they approach the introductory or “orientation” course while abroad. How do you balance providing necessary information (about security, getting to know the host campus, etc.) with course content? How do you get students to think about this type of course as part of their study abroad experience rather than an extended orientation session? Admittedly, I wouldn’t be asking unless I thought my first efforts at this lacked the right balance of pragmatics and pedagogy. I would appreciate any sources and/ or advice. Feel free to write back directly to my campus e-mail.

    Thank you,

    Pedro Ponce

    Director, St. Lawrence University in Madrid


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