The Global Education Office: Expanding opportunities for students beyond study abroad

July 1, 2021

With an ever-globalizing world, the realm of study abroad has shifted. Students can gain a global perspective beyond a typical semester in the classroom of a foreign country. In order to better reflect these expanding opportunities for students, the former ASU Study Abroad Office changed its name to the Global Education Office, or ASU GEO, on July 1. This new name reflects the variety of program options — internships, service learning, online global learning and domestic programs as well as traditional study abroad programs — students can participate in through the Global Education Office.

Noah Rost, the director of the Global Education Office, explained the difference between a global education and study abroad.  Inspiring turn for Global Education at ASU Introducing the Global Education Office at ASU. Download Full Image

“Study abroad is a narrower term that suggests a traditional kind of experience where students are traveling overseas and taking courses with students from another university,” Rost said. “Global education encompasses a much broader and richer array of educational opportunities for students than study abroad does, including internships, completing research, service learning and online global learning. ” 

The new online global learning programs were developed and first offered in summer 2020. These types of programs provide students an opportunity to see different perspectives, learn new skill sets and expand their career potential without leaving home. With developing technology and an increase in global identity, international travel is no longer essential for students to gain a global outlook. 

“We face a common set of challenges and opportunities worldwide — environmental, economic, educational and technological. Addressing a global issue doesn’t have to be done overseas. You can do that domestically,” Rost said. “I always like to make the distinction between international and global. International is what happens past the borders of your country. Global is what happens in your own backyard.”

At the Global Education Office, students can expect more intentional expansion of nontraditional programs in addition to study abroad experiences. 

“We have over 120,000 learners at ASU and it's not a one-size-fits-all type of scenario. We need to have lots of different opportunities and ways for students to learn,” Rost said. “All students are not going to be able to study abroad for a semester or a summer. As the Global Education Office, it’s incumbent upon us to have programs that meet all the needs of students.” 

Have questions? Contact the Global Education Office.

 Lindsay Lohr

Marketing Coordinator, Global Education Office


Why every ASU student should study abroad

August 5, 2020

Students often cite studying abroad as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a more nuanced view of the world. Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for all students to develop a valuable skill set that can truly enhance a college experience. 

For Sun Devils, the world is rife with opportunities for exploration. man wearing ASU Sun Devils jersey on a mountain with a city in the background ASU student Ryan Jana on his study abroad trip in New Zealand shows his ASU spirit. Photo courtesy of Ryan Jana. Download Full Image

The Study Abroad Office at ASU works hard to ensure any student can take advantage of the opportunity, no matter their course requirements, financial aid status or destination of interest. The office hosts more than 250 programs in over 65 countries, and students can explore program options on all seven continents. Students may study in a wide range of disciplines, from mathematics to fashion to forensic science and beyond. Time restrictions also pose no barrier to the intrepid student, as all can attend programs as short as seven days to as long as an entire academic year.

The personal benefits of study abroad are abundant — students can grow personally, academically and professionally, developing critical skills such as teamwork and problem-solving. They also increase their knowledge of their chosen field of study through the lens of different cultures, traditions and histories. 

Anyone, from a nontraditional student on the West campus to a student athlete housed in the Greek Village, can travel out of their comfort zone to network with students, faculty and community members who have similar interests and goals. Thousands of Sun Devils embark on new journeys across the world each year to accomplish all of this and more. 

Through these dynamic experiences, students also develop their leadership skills and confidence while navigating a brand new city. Planning their route on the London metro, navigating their walk to class in Lima, Peru, or figuring out the bus system in Sydney, Australia, students learn to rely on newfound abilities and trust themselves to flourish in unfamiliar settings.

Academically, studying abroad opens doors to global learning with a new perspective, where every study abroad program is credit-bearing and can count toward graduation requirements. No need to worry about receiving credits for a study abroad program. It’s simple — students can find ASU-equivalent academic credits when they travel on a study abroad program. All credits received will count toward their GPA, and by working with their academic adviser, students could be able to complete much-needed graduation requirements like a core class or an internship. Then with a diploma in hand, the global Sun Devil can easily turn their experience abroad into professional opportunities. 

Nikil Selvam, a computer science and economics major, cited how much students can learn from studying abroad: "You learn from a lot of different people and you learn a lot about the world itself in a way that just being at ASU won't teach you."

Professionally, students open themselves up to a world of opportunities to grow and better position themselves for a head start on their career goals. Many know that study abroad is an experience that can help students master a foreign language — a boon in many of today’s career paths — however, programs also aid in students’ understanding of intercultural dynamics and world issues. This is an invaluable attribute on any student’s resume and the perfect talking point to highlight in interviews. Studying the elements of modern design in Vietnam or the techniques of sustainability in Costa Rica ensure students are well-positioned for an internship or full-time job soon after.

Morgan Wendlandt, a business entrepreneurship major with minors in theater and studio art, talked about how study abroad affected her career path in her blog post "A Change in Perspective May Just Change Your Life." “I realized that I wanted to own my own art-based business as well as live in Ireland. Now I am looking for another internship and making plans to move to Dublin after I graduate,” she wrote.

Overall, study abroad is an opportunity students will treasure for a lifetime.