California Study Abroad Town Hall Meeting

Friday, April 13, 2012
8:30am - 2:30pm

Location: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Map: Main Campus: West Los Angeles (Westwood)

Co-Sponsored by:

  • Southern California Consortium for International Studies (SOCCIS)
  • Region XII, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Education Abroad Knowledge Community
  • California Colleges for International Education
  • California State University Systemwide Office of International Programs
  • University of California Systemwide Education Abroad Program
  • Northern California Advocates for Global Education (NCAGE)
  • International SOS
  • HTH Worldwide
  • Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions, Student Health
  • Center for Global Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies


8:30am - 9:30am: Networking, Information Sharing, Continental Breakfast

9:30am - 9:45am: Welcome and Introductions

9:45am -10:15am: An Update on Study Abroad at the UC, CSU, and Community College Systems in California, Updates on NAFSA Region XII, Updates to the California Study Abroad Website. Increasing Collaboration Through Study Abroad Program Sharing in California Within and Across Systems.

10:15am - 11:00am: Town Hall Issue 1: Including Brief Presentations, Round-Table Discussions About: Financial Challenges: Responding to the financial crisis in California: Strategies for maintaining current funding and finding new sources of funding. Financial models for program sharing. Federal and State financial aid support for study abroad.

11:00am - 12:00pm: Town Hall Issue 2: Including Brief Presentations, Round-Table Discussions About: Making Study Abroad Central to Institutional Mission: Impact of Study Abroad on Retention and Success, Data Supporting Study Abroad Impact, Methods for Data Collection, Specialized Programs Using Study Abroad as a Tool to Impact Retention and Success for All Students, Special Support for At-Risk and First-Generation College Students and Students from Diverse Backgrounds.

12pm - 1:00pm: Lunch and Presentation: Town Hall Issue 3: Study Abroad Health and Safety Issues and Resources: Assessing, Preparing, and Responding to Health and Safety Challenges: Issues and Resources

1:00pm -1:45pm: Continuing Round-Table Discussions About Study Abroad Health and Safety Issues

1:45pm - 2:30pm: Town Hall, Part 2: Reporting Back from Round-Table Discussions, Suggestions for Future Collaboration and Future Steps

For More Information or to RSVP, Please e-mail Katie Calvert at
Center for Global Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at: email

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