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Education Abroad

Integrate virtual international education into existing residential course offerings and build the next generation of global citizens.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable impact on education abroad programming. Fortunately, it is still a goal of many institutions around the world to graduate learners who have nuanced understandings of the international dimensions of their chosen disciplines and the intercultural competency skills needed to live and work successfully in a globally interconnected world. And yet, the global shift to virtual and online programming suggests that the nature of education abroad programming as we have known it is shifting and unlikely ever to return to what it once was.

 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education was mostly concerned with mobility-based programming that allowed students to earn credit abroad to fulfill home institution degree requirements. Next generation education abroad programming may be better understood along a continuum in which international learning and engagement is integrated across the undergraduate curriculum

In this new era, international mobility is complemented with newly mainstreamed modalities to engage students. This does not diminish international mobility or lessen its importance but rather adds to the repertoire of strategies and methodologies faculty can leverage to engage a new generation of students in international and intercultural exchange.

 

Let Gateway be your partner for next generation education abroad programming

What is Gateway Education Abroad?

Invigorate and internationalize any course by integrating experiential learning directly into existing syllabi.

 

Gateway partners with colleges and universities around the world to enhance residential course offerings by integrating international experiential learning directly into existing curricula. Specifically, Gateway works closely with faculty members to embed virtual experiential programming that essentially “snaps-on” as an enhancement to residentially taught courses.

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Faculty members from most any discipline can easily enhance their residential courses by embedding international experiential learning into existing course syllabi. This may include global entrepreneurship projects, international undergraduate research, service-learning, group internships, etc. Faculty members need only select among these modalities and Gateway will do the rest. We handle all arrangements with international host organizations and provide faculty with content needed for course syllabi adaptations, LMS modules, assessment and evaluation, and so on.   

 

This is a powerful and effective way to increase student motivation and engagement in their courses and extend opportunities for them to apply course content in real-world settings. Working in teams assigned to international host organizations around the world, students will be exposed to real-world settings and immediately apply what they are learning in class. 

 

Intercultural enrichment experiences round out this next generation approach.  Gateway provides cultural enrichment activities throughout the course to support students as they learn more about the world, explore their cultural assumptions and work collaboratively across cultural international contexts. 

Why Gateway Education Abroad?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable impact on education abroad programming. Fortunately, it is still a goal of many institutions around the world to graduate learners who have nuanced understandings of the international dimensions of their chosen disciplines and the intercultural competency skills needed to live and work successfully in a globally interconnected world. And yet, the global shift to virtual and online programming suggests that the nature of education abroad programming as we have known it is shifting and unlikely ever to return to what it once was.

 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education was mostly concerned with mobility-based programming that allowed students to earn credit abroad to fulfill home institution degree requirements. In this new era, international mobility is complemented with newly mainstreamed modalities to engage students, including virtual programing.  This does not diminish international mobility or lessen its importance but rather adds to the repertoire of strategies and methodologies faculty can leverage to engage a new generation of students in international and intercultural exchange.

 

Virtual education abroad programming offers a flexible solution to invigorate and internationalize residential instruction and is welcomed by faculty and students who value how the simplicity of virtual programming ties otherwise residential courses to real world learning in new and exciting ways. Collaborative learning and engagement with host organizations around the world elevate course content and engage students in real-world application of course content. The potential result:

Gateway handles all arrangements with international host organizations and appoints a dedicated program coordinator who ensures that delivery is safe and smooth so you can focus on doing what you do best — educating and preparing students for the future.
Let Gateway be your partner for next generation education abroad programming.

How Does Gateway Education Abroad Work?

Gateway makes the planning and implementation of programming easy. Once a partnership agreement is in place at the partner institution, Gateway works with interested faculty members to develop programs that align with faculty interests and engage students in meaningful international learning. This is achieved in four basic steps:

Gateway works closely with individual faculty members to determine which experiential learning modality best aligns with course goals and objectives and would be most attractive to students.

Once determined, Gateway will locate and orient host organizations around the world (or in target countries) to host students for the duration the course. Gateway will also provide instructional content and directions for faculty members to selectively edit into course syllabi and existing learning management systems (e.g., program description, country overview, project introduction, etc.) that will explain expectations of the program to students.

Working in teams, students will be assigned to international host organizations around the world. Gateway will assign a program coordinator to each course who will liaise closely with the faculty member, student teams, and international host organizations for the duration of the course. Coordinators will encourage students to actively reflect on intercultural differences, language barriers and the dynamics of international collaboration.

Gateway will collect and provide partner institutions with student and host organization evaluation feedback. As needed, Gateway can provide recommendations for assessment of student learning.

Students need only register for courses as they would normally do, and no additional program applications or approvals are required. Additional technology is not required; students will engage with international host organizations via the host institution’s preferred communications platform (e.g., Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc). Gateway Education Abroad programs should not be viewed as an optional course add-on, but rather integrated completely into the design and delivery of each participating course, with requisite participation of all enrolled students.

Faculty member selects virtual experiential learning modality.

 

Faculty member embeds program description and learning modules into course sylllabus/LMS.

 

Faculty member builds on the international experiential learning to enrich course content and acccentuate student learning.

Students register for a course per usual protocols. Course description provides information on virtual program and program fee, if any.

 

In small groups, students are assigned to international host organization(s).

 

Students participate in optional virtual cultural enrichment activities provided by Gateway.

Gateway

Gateway arranges experiential learning projects that align with the course content and goals.

 

Gateway provides program description and learning modules to course instructor.

 

Gateway appoints a coordinator to provide orientation, support, and facilitation of optional enrichment activities.

What Kind of Experiential Programming is Offered?

Faculty members from most any discipline can easily enhance their residential courses by embedding international experiential learning into existing course syllabi.  Currently, Gateway offers the following experiential program modalities:

A Global Sprint

Gateway also offers a non-credit, short-term program model focused on Global Entrepreneurship. This program engages students in an intensive, five-day exploration of entrepreneurship facilitated by a well-known educator and a range of entrepreneurs from around the world. Building on a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and daily enrichment exercises, students will be challenged to put theory into practice in collaborative real-world settings.

Using the Google-developed SPRINT method, students will be briefed on a current business challenge presented by a widely recognized global corporation or organization — on par with Starbucks, Uber, KLM, Adidas, Hewlett Packard, or Sony. Over the course of the five days, student teams will employ the SPRINT methodology to breakdown the challenge, ideate, make strategic decisions, prototype, test and ultimately pitch a potential solution to the company. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize to be awarded to a global charity of their choice.

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What Kind of Intercultural Enrichment Programming is Offered?

At no additional cost, Gateway provides students with cultural enrichment opportunities for a more complete international experience. In addition to standard orientation and ongoing support modules, students will be invited to participate in optional real-time opportunities such as virtual city tours, introductory language lessons (as appropriate), guest lectures, etc. Gateway will also provide country-specific materials to engage students in learning more about their host counties, such as book and movie recommendations, recipes, and links to free podcasts and related media.

How Much Does It Cost?

Course fees may vary based on required inclusions, but the standard fee is calculated on a per student enrollment basis. Several financial models are available to participating colleges and universities. Common options include:

Course Fee
Students pay a modest course fee to the university upon registration for the Gateway embedded portion of their course, which, in turn, is paid to Gateway. Gateway prefers not bill students directly.
Institution Fee

Costs are covered from tuition or internal funds by the hosting academic unit, payable to Gateway.

Mixed Model

Costs are covered from both student fees and home school sources, payable to Gateway.

Program fees vary based on requirements, duration, and intensity.

The Gateway Pledge

Gateway International Group has made the commitment to allocate 5% of all revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. We have designated the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as a recipient of funds gathered through Gateway Education Abroad. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad.

Program Leaders

Mr. Benjamin Lorch

Benjamin Lorch is an education start-up specialist, pioneer and long-term international educator. A builder of schools and programs, he is Advisor in Residence at InnovationLabs.Berlin.

Ms. Amy Blume

Amy Bartnick Blume is an experienced education abroad leader who is solution-focused and analytical with an eye toward connecting people, managing projects, and bringing ideas to fruition.

Let's Connect

If you would like to discuss Gateway Education Abroad with our team, we’ll be happy to schedule a conversation to go over your specific program needs.

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Benjamin Lorch

AFFILIATE

Benjamin Lorch is an international education specialist and consultant focused on innovation, partnerships and institutional growth.  Lorch grounded four schools in Berlin, Germany: two business schools, a campus for international exchange (CIEE) and a coding boot camp at ESMT Berlin Business School.

Lorch began his career working with The Smithsonian Institution to identify and archive early Internet innovations.  He later lead The Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project building capacity and leadership in 26 South Side Chicago public schools.  From 2007-2016 Benjamin lead The Council on International Educational Exchange Berlin where established the residency of NPR Berlin FM on the CIEE Berlin campus.  In 2016-2017 he grounded GISMA Business School Berlin.  Most recently Benjamin inaugurated the ESMT Berlin coding boot camp.

An audio enthusiast – music and storytelling – he is a podcast producer and an occasional content contributor to KCRW FM Berlin.

Benjamin holds a BA and an MA from The University of Chicago and served as a Robert Bosch Fellow working at the Germany Ministry of Education and Research Bonn (2006-2007).  He is a co-founder of the Association of American Study Abroad Programs in Germany and lives in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Amy Blume

AFFILIATE

Amy Bartnick Blume was a Butler University Chemistry major when she studied abroad at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She pivoted from this initial degree to her international higher education career by making the most of happenstance from study abroad. Over her years in education abroad, Amy worked in student advising, academic affairs, institutional engagement, and recruitment at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA). 

Amy received her Master’s in Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University and during that time worked at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment. In her positions at IFSA, Amy engaged and connected with hundreds of students and institutions around the world to build partnerships, promote new education abroad models, and match curricular needs. 

Traveling in the U.S. and to over 50 countries around the world, allows Amy the chance to constantly use and expand her intercultural learning. Amy has presented on appreciative advising, alumni engagement, and various topics in education abroad at NAFSA and Forum conferences. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Amy has supported efforts in the field by volunteering on committees and as a mentor for underrepresented students.