Join us April 14-16 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel for three days of eye-opening events at the 2014 Terra Dotta User Conference. See why Korbin Dimmick said, “TDU is a great way to learn new things about the software and network with some incredible people all the while having a great time.”
  • Attend sessions led by Terra Dotta staff and other software users
  • Discover new and exciting ways you can improve your office efficiency
    and keep your students and faculty safe
  • Enjoy network luncheons with Terra Dotta software experts

The early bird registration deadline is January 15, so make sure to reserve your place today. Register Now >

In the 1994 February/March edition of the NAFSA Newsletter (now the NAFSA International Educator), I co-authored an article with William Millington, a faculty member at USC, on limiting liability in study abroad. We included a table of legal issues impacting study abroad and—to illustrate the complexity of the job of a study abroad administrator—also included a list of responsibilities that we put under “It’s All Part of the Job Description”. Lisa Loberg, Director of Study Abroad at California Lutheran University; Ann Hubbard, Director, University Relations for Customized Programs and Academic Assessment; and I now present the updated list of responsibilities for Study Abroad Administration and provide a background/framework for the lists updates/changes.
- Gary Rhodes

As study abroad administrators, we do our best to prepare students going abroad via pre-departure orientation sessions and 24/7 support throughout the life of their programs. After their experience abroad has ended, we welcome them back to campus, listen to their re-entry “ups and downs”, and in some cases continue to mentor them well after they have graduated from college, but study abroad administration is a complex and multi-faceted enterprise, one that is more akin to running an entire university (in miniature) than directing a single office on a campus. Admissions, financial aid, marketing and outreach, university billing, academic advising, student affairs, even alumni relations are all part of the day-to-day operations. We succesfully run our study abroad offices, but somehow our jobs become more and more complicated each year.

The majority of campus-based staff work so fast and furiosuly it is unsurprising that they report feeling overwhelmed many, if not most, days. Although study abroad is a profession that requires specific knowledge and skills, there are still many instances where faculty or staff from other areas of campusfaculty with release time, career service professionals, or academic affairs administratorsare asked to take on the responsibilities of education abroad programming.

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Adam Breen began working in business development for Terra Dotta in 2010. He spends the majority of his time working with current or potential clients to show them all the ways Terra Dotta can help improve their office’s day-to-day efficiency and meet their goals.

Before joining Terra Dotta, Adam graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BA in History and a Minor in German. He then worked for an engineering firm in Germany and helped expand a U.S. ice-cream company into a worldwide brand.

When Adam isn't working, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife as well as hiking, gardening, and reading.

Adam says that his favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is the great team of individuals: “everyone contributes their unique insight and debates ideas to come to the best solution. We also have a lot of fun together.”

Can you rattle off every single student who has applied to your programs, is part of a Greek society, and has special dietary needs? Can you accurately tell upper administration the status of multiple student applications? If you answered “no” to either question, we encourage you to attend this webinar. We will share our tips and tricks on how to be super, even if you’re not the superuser. With the assistance of several superheroes, we will demonstrate the system's flexibility, and features like query watches, comments, application tags, and progress audits that can enhance and ease your workload. Reach your superhero potential today! No cape required to attend!

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Susan Jordan, Terra Dotta
Feeling bullied by the PVM? Tired of materials not showing up, question items that won’t go away, pesky pop-ups asking you to select some boxes? It can be pretty scary unless you understand the inner workings of the Process Version Map (PVM). This webinar will explore those inner workings by breaking them down into manageable pieces and showing you how to make each piece work for you.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Click here to see a list of all our fall support webinars.

Register to attend one or
of these online demos:

NOV. 19 — ESL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

NOV. 26 — ISSS
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

DEC. 3 — ESL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

DEC. 10 — ISSS
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

A New User Workshop will be held on Monday afternoon, April 14 followed by a welcome reception Monday evening.

Two full days of sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday and end at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

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Don't forget that this week is URMIA's second annual week focused on the value of risk management in higher education!

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  • East Carolina University
  • Rider University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Michigan
  • Walsh University

  • American-Scandinavian Foundations
  • AMIDEAST Education Abroad
    in the Arab World
  • Austin Peay State University
    Study Abroad
  • Champlain College - OIE
  • College of the Holy Cross -
    Study Abroad
  • Diversity Abroad
  • East Carolina University
  • Endicott College -
    Undergrad International Programs
  • English Language Center - ESL
  • Louisiana State University -
    Academic Programs Abroad
  • Princeton in Latin America (PiLA)
  • Southern Utah University -
    Global Engagement Center
  • Suffolk University - Study Abroad
  • Union College - IPO
  • University of Southern California -
  • Valparaiso University -
    Study Abroad
  • World Learning - ETU

“I have been to the last 2 TDU's and I always walk away with great ideas for how to maximize the program and how to better use the program to suit my needs.

Even when the primary discussion is a subject I already feel comfortable with, there is always new information or new perspectives on how to best utilize the features of TD software”
-Allen Bertsche, Augustana College