In this article, Gene Hickok, former US deputy secretary of education, and Lucas Welch, founder and chief innovation officer of an international nonprofit organization, consider how technology can support meaningful study abroad opportunities. "Through virtual exchange programs, students can interact directly with other students and create forums to engage individuals with a variety of backgrounds in conversations that can open minds," they write, noting that students all over the world are establishing face-to-face connections without leaving the classroom.

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