Learning While Leading: Supporting Intercultural Development Through Study Away

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Information for term Learning While Leading: Supporting Intercultural Development Through Study Away

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  • Dates: Jun 10 – 16, 2018


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This seminar is designed to help university faculty and administrators effectively integrate intercultural learning into teaching and advising. You’ll learn how to help students learn and grow through intercultural experiences, whether they take place at home or abroad. The distinctive international location allows you to focus on your own intercultural development and gain a deeper, more holistic understanding of the intercultural learning process.

Location & Culture

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Based in Madrid, participants fly in and out of Madrid.

Madrid’s influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and arts make it an important international metropolis, and the major hub in southern Europe. Spain’s capitol city is also its largest, with a historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, and world-renowned art museums. A huge variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, outdoor parks, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema make it a lively place to live and learn.


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This seminar takes a developmental, holistic, and experiential approach to intercultural learning. Most sessions involve interactive exercises and discussions. Participants have opportunities to experience most activities just as their students would. Discussions include facilitation.

  • Improve your understanding of the research and pedagogy that focuses on facilitating intercultural learning for study away participants.
  • Increase your ability to effectively lead students through intercultural learning experiences.
  • Discover tools and activities you can use before, during, and after your students' study away.
  • Increase awareness of intercultural differences and similarities.
  • Develop your own style of intercultural leadership.
  • Increase your knowledge of Spain and Spanish culture.


Why Intervene in Students’ Learning Abroad?
Discuss research that demonstrates the need to intervene in intercultural learning abroad, and learn more about pedagogical practices that can help you do so effectively.

Identity in Context
What makes up our identity? How do our cultural identities affect our experience abroad? How does our experience abroad impact how we identify ourselves? Consider these questions in the context of your own experience as well as those of your students, and learn how to incorporate these important questions into your work with students.

Stereotypes, Expectations, and Goal-Setting
An important part of a successful experience abroad is becoming aware of our own stereotypes and expectations, as well as setting realistic goals. Learn how to help your students achieve both.

Cultural Differences that Make a Difference
 Deepen your understanding of cultural dimensions and communication practices that can affect study abroad. Discuss effective ways to introduce students to these ideas to help them have more rewarding intercultural experiences.

Intercultural Development
Gain a better understanding of the intercultural development process and how to help students move along this continuum. Take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the most widely used intercultural assessment, and participate in an individual debrief of your IDI profile so that you can better understand your own intercultural world view and work toward your own intercultural development.

Bridging Across Cultures
Discuss the skills necessary to bridge cultural differences, and learn several processes to help students develop these skills.


  • Tour Madrid’s diverse neighborhoods, such as Lavapies and Chueca, to examine local cultural diversity, consider the role of diversity in study abroad, and practice intercultural observation skills.
  • Learn firsthand about the Spanish educational system. Consider how cultural differences in approaches to education affect students’ experiences abroad, and how you can turn frustrations with these differences into opportunities for intercultural learning.
  • Visit a bull ring to explore how this ancient tradition is deeply linked to Spanish culture and Spain’s identity. Consider the range of attitudes toward this tradition, and how controversial topics such as bull fighting can be used as opportunities to discuss expectations and misconceptions, and to practice empathy and frame-shifting skills.
  • Learn how to turn everyday experiences into opportunities for intercultural learning by taking a gastronomical tour of Madrid and considering how local foods and eating practices relate to culture.
  • Visit a rural pueblo outside Madrid to experience another way of life in Spain and observe cultural values.

Activities are subject to change.

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