About SAM

Wendy Williamson, founder of SAM
and author of Study Abroad 101

Study Abroad Map (SAM) was developed by a study abroad director, international education consultant, and author, to provide students with insights into global learning and world travel. In this day and age, an international education is just as important as a college education, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Saint Augustine said it right—“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Mark Twain said it better—“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Studying abroad can be so much more than jet-setting and tourism. It’s a chance for you to discover yourself, which according to Aristotle, is the beginning of all wisdom. It will also give you an advantage when it comes future job hunting, career building, and spicing up your life. Only about one percent of all U.S. students study abroad, and the majority go on short-term “isolating” programs that keep them in a bubble with other American students. This is better than nothing, but it isn’t ideal for connecting with locals and the culture.

SAM can help you find an international opportunity that’s right for you and make the most of your experience. You’ll learn about quality and off-the-beaten-track opportunities and receive insider information and insights from credible sources. We welcome posts from study abroad advisors, directors, faculty, and students who are studying abroad or have in the past, with quality as the cornerstone of their work. You can learn more about quality in international education by following the links below:

The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice

Quality in Higher Education, But What About Quality in International Education? (Transitions Abroad)

Quality Management and Study Abroad (Our View, CIEE)

Quality vs. Quantity in Study Abroad, Inside Higher Ed 2/21/2007

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