Education Abroad


The Idea of American Exceptionalism in U.S. Study Abroad

Thursday, June 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 505-507

U.S. study abroad focuses increasingly on custom-designed study abroad program models, particularly short, faculty-led programs. Universities outside of the United States focus on semester or yearlong study or joint degree programs. Presenters will explore U.S. attitudes leading to this discrepancy and question which approach leads to greater success.

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Sara E. Dumont

Executive Director, AU Abroad-Abroad at AU
American University AU Abroad
Washington, District of Columbia

Sara Dumont directs study abroad at American University (AU), where approximately 70% of AU students now choose to study abroad from more than 120 program offerings. She also established the Abroad at AU program, enrolling more than 100 international students to study at AU for a semester or a year. Previously, Dumont was director of study abroad at Towson University, associate director of study abroad at Duke University, and assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale University.


Duleep C. Deosthale

Vice President - International Education
Hyde Park, New York

Dr. Deosthale founded Admission Table (AT), a web based mobile social platform that is helping over 90 universities recruit international students using mobile technology. AT has a reach of over 3 million students in South and SE Asia. Previously, he served as Vice President of Manipal Global Education responsible for International Education for ten universities in India, Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia and Nepal. Duleep was President of New York based study abroad company Knowledge Exchange Institute (2007-2010) and Asst. Dean for International Programs at Marist College (2000-2007.) He has served on the boards of AIEA (Vice President-External Relations) and EAIE-IRM (Co-Chair) and is currently Chair, of the Conference Planning Committee of the EAIE (European Association for International Education.) He has been involved in all aspects of International Education since 1991.


Tom Howard

HES International
Beloit, Wisconsin

Tom Howard is the Director of HES International - a group of overseas and domestic institutions. He has worked in Education Abroad for nearly 30 years, with UK, European and Australian institutions. During this time, Tom opened and served as the first Director of the Australian Education Office (now Austrade - Washington DC). He also served as the first Regional Director for the former AustraLearn (now ISA/GlobaLinks), a major Provider organization. From 2001, He has worked directly with a core group of international universities - also helping to start a former ship-based study abroad program called The Scholar Ship. He studied abroad at the Ludwig Maximillians University in Munich during his UG degree, and undertook a year of Masters Study while serving as a Resident Director for American students in London. His BA is from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and his MA is from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO.


Janis Perkins

Expanding Horizons for Education Abroad
Iowa City, Iowa

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>Janis Perkins has worked professionally in the field of education abroad since 1984, serving as senior education abroad administrator at the University of Iowa from 1994 until 2012. There she was responsible for program development, administration, policies, and procedures as well as the day-to-day operations of the Office for Study Abroad. In 2012, she founded “Expanding Horizons for Education Abroad" to respond to the need to expand capacity of and improve access to safe, culturally-immersive, and academically-appropriate programs in under-represented destinations. Perkins has contributed significantly to the field of international education through leadership positions in NAFSA , conference and workshop organization and presentation, and service on a number of professional advisory committees.



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