20 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN STUDY ABROAD
Since 1998 FIE: Foundation for International Education has grown from a small, one-site operation with thirty students, two partner universities and three full-time staff, to the multi-site operation with 50+ partner universities and colleges we see today. Most importantly we couldn’t provide the support to the future world leaders that walk through our doors without the dedication and hard work of our Dublin, London, and US staff and faculty.
FIE's specially commissioned video, The Changing Face of Study Abroad, is a collaboration between FIE staff and students to showcase where study abroad has been and where it is going.
STUDENT AND FACULTY PROFILES
Over the past 20 years, FIE has welcomed students, faculty, visiting faculty, and countless other colleagues, such as site supervisors, staff, and service providers.
FIE has been in contact with many of our previous alumni and are excited to share some of the stories of FIE from then and now. We believe the impact of studying abroad can have an immediate effect on career, education, and personal life.
ADDITIONAL ALUMNI PROFILES
Name: Eli Jellenc
Program: 2001 Summer Internship in London
University: University of Mississippi
Current Occupation: Vice President, Cyber Threat Intelligence (at Stroz Friedberg, Ltd)
Did studying with FIE influence your career choices?: "Studying abroad in London through FIE, in particular, did certainly and profoundly change both the way I think about life and the way I chose to live it. It definitely enhanced my worldview and career. FIE helped me obtain an internship with Chatham House; my research and other work there proved to be a very compelling feature on my CV and no doubt helped me secure more valuable opportunities later. The changes in worldview are complex and difficult to summarize, but they were numerous, significant, lasting, and entirely beneficial. I would not trade these developmental experiences for anything."
Name: Greg Pardo
Program: 2004 Fall Semester Study in London
University: St Mary's University Texas
Current Occupation: US Diplomat
How did studying abroad with FIE change the way you think about life?: It made me want to explore other cultures further and gave me ideas of what type of international programs I should try to do at home. After studying in London, I spent time in India and Bangladesh. My international experiences made me a strong candidate for the US Foreign Service.
ADDITIONAL VISITING FACULTY PROFILES
Name: Michael A. Genovese
Program: 4 Times in London in Fall Semester
University: Loyola Marymount University
Did your participation in study abroad change the way you think about your teaching?: "I've been doing study abroad for so long that, it did not change the way I teach, but it did reinforce certain goals and methods I had been employing. It made me more conscious of developing opportunities for other students to travel and study abroad."
Name: Sean Heuston
Program: London Summer from 2016 - 2013
University: The Citadel
Did your participation in study abroad change the way you think about your teaching?: "Working with FIE for over ten years has been a joy. Our FIE program has tremendously enriched the lives of our students, many of whom have gone on to graduate programs or jobs overseas thanks largely to the excellent experiences they had in our FIE program. FIE's combination of outstanding academics and outstanding staff members who are also genuinely nice people helps our students learn a great deal in the classroom and beyond while benefiting from FIE's expert handling of program planning and logistical support. Working with FIE made me even more aware of how important it is to expose American students to the rest of the world."