Optimizing Diverse Realities of Study Abroad Experiences

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Brendan W. Spinelli/North East Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Study abroad is frequently imagined as a transformative endeavor during a student’s university experience. Students often begin their studies with a tentative roadmap of courses guided by their future career goals, and, if the stars align, they will study abroad in their third or fourth year. Studying abroad is often encouraged in foreign language programs, but is traditionally framed as a parallel experience to their at-home semester. While of course the linguistic, cultural, intellectual and personal benefits of this experience have always been recognized to be invaluable, the long-lasting impact of the study abroad path is often not fully optimized. Student coursework in both previous and subsequent semesters to study abroad may inadvertently connect thematic units, readings and projects to students’ time in the host country; however, the purposeful yet flexible inclusion of coursework explicitly tied to diverse study abroad experiences, can enrich the classroom for all students. This panel explores how the intentional integration of course goals, program design and course offerings can strengthen the connection to study abroad beyond solely language acquisition and a familiarity with cultural practices. Specifically, this session seeks to bring together educators who have successfully employed strategies designed to strengthen and deepen the study abroad experience, extending its relevance well beyond the duration of the program. The significance of this presentation lies in the increasing diversity of abroad experiences, which have become a staple at universities. Recognizing that the traditional arrangement of a semester or year abroad is no longer the reigning paradigm, and is now complemented by short-term programs, this panel will invite discussion on how to make all manifestations of time abroad more valuable.


Please create a user account, and submit a 300 word abstract before September 30th, 2020 through the NeMLA submission page: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

For detailed guidelines for submitting proposals you can follow this link: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

NeMLA membership is not required to submit abstracts, but is required to present at the conference.

You can direct questions to Brendan W. Spinelli (brendan.w.spinelli@villanova.edu)

About NeMLA Convention: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html