Through New Website, National Student Network Encourages Increased Study Abroad, Combats “America’s Ignorance of the World”

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On Dec. 3, 2005, the Glimpse Foundation completed its launch of a groundbreaking new website, GlimpseAbroad.org, only weeks after the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program released its report calling for sending one million students abroad by 2016-17. The 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation promotes cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing print and electronic forums for sharing the experience of young adults living and studying abroad.

The Glimpse Foundation completed its launch of a groundbreaking new website, GlimpseAbroad.org, only weeks after the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program released its report calling for sending one million students abroad by 2016-17. The 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation promotes cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing print and electronic forums for sharing the experience of young adults living and studying abroad.

During an era when U.S. international relations remain precarious and anti-Americanism is at an all-time high, GlimpseAbroad.org networks the hundreds of thousands of current and returned U.S. study abroad students, who draw from their personal experiences to provide insight into the daily realities of life overseas through creative nonfiction articles, forums and blogs.

GlimpseAbroad.org currently offers a database of over 400 articles from almost 100 countries, as well as a growing library of blog posts, “Ask the Expert” peer-to-peer communication features, and a PDF guide series about living and studying abroad. The series addresses such topics as Culture Shock, Language Learning and American Identity Abroad, and is built on anecdotes, statistics and advice culled from hundreds of survey responses from study abroad students across the country.

According to Open Doors’ recent 2005 report, U.S. study abroad has increased by 9.6 percent over the past year and continues record growth, with increased interest in non-traditional destinations. GlimpseAbroad.org works to expand study abroad participation rates by leveraging the experiences, advice and support of current and returned study abroad students. Its wide range of content from developing countries also sparks prospective study abroad students’ interest in less traditional destinations. The Glimpse Foundation partners with 800 colleges and exchange program providers across the country to recruit student contributors; over 1,200 study abroad students are currently registered on the site.

The Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program asserts, “What nations don't know can hurt them … For their own future and that of the nation, college graduates today must be internationally competent.” GlimpseAbroad.org increases international competency through its innovative and unprecedented peer-to-peer educational model. Says Allan Chernoff, Senior CNN Correspondent, “With Glimpse you get personal perspectives on international life and events that you simply can’t find elsewhere. Instead of high and mighty officials telling you the news, Glimpse has people on the ground living it, and what could be better than that?”

Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation, says of GlimpseAbroad.org, “In a world increasingly dominated by sound bites, information overload and the profound forces of globalization, the importance of such an opportunity is impossible to overstate.”

The 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation was established by Brown University students in November 2001, who began full-time production upon their graduation in May 2002 with generous seed funds from the National Geographic Society. Beyond the website, The Foundation produces a print magazine, Glimpse Quarterly (circulation 15,000), which is distributed to study abroad offices at member colleges and available nationally on newsstands.

Glimpse Abroad: http://www.glimpseabroad.org
Glimpse Foundation: http://www.glimpsefoundation.org
Glimpse Quarterly: http://www.glimpsefoundation.org/quarterly.php

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