Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future: * Critical thinking and problem-solving * Collaboration across networks and leading by influence * Agility and adaptability * Initiative and entrepreneurialism * Effective oral and written communication * Accessing and analyzing information * Curiosity and imagination
Teachers and school administrators can give students an advantage in college applications by encouraging them to study abroad. Having an AFS school year, semester, summer or service program on their application will get attention. The experience demonstrates foreign language skills and a commitment to extracurricular activity, and, perhaps more importantly, it demonstrates independence and reliance. It show a readiness to succeed in a new setting and a ability to understand and communicate about international and intercultural issues.
A collection of student stories from abroad.
Blog of Speedwell Scholar who visited Germany in 2011
Essay relating the moments of an AFS study abroad year, each starting with a question: "Will you remember?"
Speedwell Scholarship recipients talk about their experiences before, during and after their trips abroad. Hear about what they've learned and their advice for those considering study abroad.
Full immersion programs for high school students and recent graduates who want to explore the world. List of programs by continent and country. Starting off point for more detailed information and resources.