Program Familiarization and Evaluation Trips
IU staff and faculty visit programs abroad in order to achieve a greater understanding of programs by meeting the program administration on site, speaking to faculty, visiting classes, going to see host families, etc., in order to assess program quality, including questions related to student safety and security. Some visits are facilitated as part of familiarization trips sponsored by agencies or institutions or are formal evaluations conducted by a review team. IU does not promote in a special way such programs based on these visits which always involve cost sharing between IU and the organizations. IU requires written reports from all individuals who participate in familiarization and evaluation trips.
Our daily lives are so different from people across the globe. To learn about how other people live their lives, it makes you think about how you want to live your life. It’s character building.”-Maggie Brinley, IU Overseas Study Participant, Spain