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Study Abroad Online Workshop

About this workshop

About the workshop—In January 2006, the Parent Program joined with the Learning Abroad Center in presenting a workshop for parents on learning abroad. University staff and administrators were joined by a panel of students who shared their study abroad experiences, and a panel of parents whose students had participated in learning abroad programs.

The workshop was presented before an audience of University of Minnesota parents, and taped so that the material presented could be made available to a larger audience. The video, audio, and podcast of the workshop are posted below. We encourage parents to consider the materials presented here as introductory, and to have their students contact the Learning Abroad Center for more information about the opportunities available to them.

The PowerPoint presentations that accompanied some of the presentations are available in PDF form; you may want to print them before watching the segment.

Tell us what you think—After you have viewed the workshop, please help us by filling out the evaluation form. Your input will be useful in helping us to plan future workshops on this and other topics, and in deciding whether to present them on the web.

Audio and video

Presentation Format



PDFs: Reference material to accompany presentations

Student perspectives
Bee Lee, University student, traveled to Italy and Thailand
Claribel Gross, University student, traveled to Ghana
Heidi Skallet, University student, traveled to Kenya
19 minutes

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How does learning abroad fit into the curriculum?
Presenter: Dr. Laura Coffin Koch
7 minutes

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Learning abroad: the basics (including financial aid)
Presenter: Jodi Malmgren

Strategies for support: a parent's role in the learning abroad process
Presenter: Antonia Lortis
38 minutes

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Learning Abroad Center presentation.pdf

Parent perspectives
Dan Hartnett, University parent; Mark Stennes, University parent; Diane Stennes, University parent
14 minutes

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Follow these instructions carefully to copy and paste the podcast link into your podcast software. For additional workshop reference materials, see the links to the PDFs in the audio and video section below.

Podcast instructions—how to copy the link to the podcast

  1. Right-click on the podcast icon (Mac users: click and hold the mouse button).
  2. Choose "Copy Shortcut", "Copy Link", "Copy Link to Clipboard," or "Copy Link Location."
  3. Paste the link into the subscription field of your podcasting software. This process may vary depending on your software. For iTunes, go to "Advanced" in the menu and choose "Subscribe to Podcast."

Copy this link to download the entire workshop as a podcast
22 MB


How to choose and use an online workshop

  • Select video presentations if you have a broadband connection.
  • Select audio presentations if you use a dial-up or modem connection.
  • Select the podcast presentation if you have a broadband connection and want to download the entire workshop (6 presentations).

Audio and Video—The audio and video presentations will run automatically using QuickTime. If you experience any difficulties, be sure you have the most current version of QuickTime, a free software program available through Apple, on your computer.

The audio and video presentations are best viewed using an up-to-date web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

Podcast—A podcast downloads audio recordings to your computer. These recordings can be played on your computer using any podcast software, or placed on your iPod or other portable music player to listen to anytime.

To listen to the study abroad podcast, you'll need podcast software. The instructions below give details for copying the link you'll need to download the podcast to your podcast software. If you don't have podcast software, you can download a free copy of iTunes, available for PC or Mac, from iTunes.

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