Education Abroad
Faculty Toolkit

Welcome to the Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit!

Faculty members like you are increasingly interested in embedding global education experiences into courses to leverage the international scope of course content, provide students with real-world learning opportunities, and foster meaningful intellectual and intercultural experiences. Engaged faculty members recognize the need to graduate students with first-hand experience and knowledge of the world beyond our borders. Welcome!

We designed the Gateway Toolkit with instructional tools to be integrated into syllabi or facilitated as one-time activities. Each tool includes learning objectives, assessment, necessary materials, a student handout, and a brief description of the task. We invite you to adapt selected tools to align with your course objectives and your program’s international context. We also provide scales to measure global citizenship and academic development. Further categories include phases of instruction, content thread, and learning style.

We prepared these tools for embedded education abroad programming, but they can be easily adapted to suit the needs and goals of most any education abroad program. Note that these documents provide a brief explanation of the evaluation method, which may also need to be revised accordingly.

This toolkit is developed as part of a Teaching Support Grant through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and co-sponsored by the University Office of Global Programs at The Pennsylvania State University. The toolkit complements university administrative and logistical services by offering a portfolio of tested and applicable instructional strategies that optimize academic learning and global citizenship. The authors of this toolkit first published the tools through the University of Kentucky.

This faculty toolkit is the first of its kind and is a much-needed supplementary resource for faculty members planning embedded education abroad programs. This faculty toolkit is a living document, and we will expand it through ongoing faculty development and research. Would you please suggest any additional tools for this site?

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Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.