Sharks Abroad Month is an innovative study abroad event series with an entire month's worth of engaging study abroad advising presentations on topics students actually want to learn about. Presentations may be general - such as picking the right program and finding money to study abroad or more specific, such as study abroad for biology majors or interning abroad in Asia.
Previously, we have hosted presentations in a single Sharks Abroad Week. For 2021, we are spreading them out over the entire month of February to increase virtual attendance and student participation.
Our study abroad partners are critical to the success of Sharks Abroad Month. All of our partners will be invited to virtually present on a study abroad advising topic while using their programs as examples related to the topic.
For example, a partner may wish to present on the Career Benefits of Studying Abroad and share data which demonstrates that study abroad participants secure jobs more quickly after graduation and have higher starting salaries than students who do not. The presentation may include data from sources external to their organization as well as any data they have regarding the outcomes their own participants have on their programs. Then they may use their programs as an example and show how specific coursework, immersive internships and learning opportunities, and reflective re-entry work offered on their programs helps students gain those skills.
When students connect with the idea of studying abroad and the material presented in these sessions that they will also connect with all of the information our partners share about what makes their programs so exceptional.
By presenting on topics about which students definitely have questions– affordability, homestays, travel tips, convincing parents –we draw in more attendees than a traditional info session might and our students will ultimately be better prepared to begin their study abroad journeys!
Ultimately, we see this as a win-win (or maybe a FIN-FIN)!
We value our partners’ time and resources. This is how the NSU Sharks Abroad team works to ensure your investment will be worthwhile:
Topics will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis. Topics cannot be repeated. Partners are encouraged to come up with their own topics or use some of our ideas:
Partners are asked to remember the balance of providing general enough information that could apply to a wide variety of study abroad options while also highlighting specifics about their organization’s offerings. No more than 50% of the presentation should be dedicated to specific organization/program promotion.
We will have one presentation each Monday and Wednesday of the month during the times that are most opportune for our students based on our class scheduling:
Up to 8 partners will be offered the opportunity to present to our students during the month and presentation dates and times will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis.
Presentations should only be approximately 30 minutes to allow 15 minutes at the beginning and end of every presentation for students to join and depart in accordance with their course schedule.
Sharks Abroad Month 2021 Registration Form
Curious what makes a hot topic? When is the best time to reach our students? Here is the data from last year. Please keep in mind that this primarily an event focused on QUALITY of student interactions but we also work to meet expectations for QUANTITY, too. Presenters have the opportunity to receive a copy of ALL student attendees for the month.
Sharks Abroad Week 2018 Infographic
After attending at least one Sharks Abroad Week session:
Why they attended:
Students were asked if they had previously attended a Sharks Abroad Fair. Those who answered yes were asked to compare the two events.
Which Event Provided More...
Data from 2018 event series.
What factors influenced a partner's interest in returning?
“Very much appreciated the opportunity to present to students that were pre-qualified as particularly interested in international internships.”
Sharks Abroad Teamsharksabroad@nova.edu