The Graduate Learning Overseas (GLO) Survey is a one-time, comprehensive survey of graduate students' various educational activities overseas, undertaken by IIE with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, office of International and Foreign Language Education. Any questions not answered below may be directed to IIE at iieresearch@iie.org.



Q: Is this one of the Open Doors surveys?

A: No. This is a one-time survey not affiliated with Open Doors, and collects information distinct from Open Doors.  All other annual Open Doors surveys will still be conducted as normally scheduled.

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Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the GLO Survey?

A: Please contact us at iieresearch@iie.org or at 202-326-7817 if you have any questions about participating in the survey or have any difficulties in answering the survey questions. Survey respondents also have access to a PDF survey worksheet that provides further detailed definitions and clarifications relevant to the various data being collected. 

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Q: Who should respond to this survey?

A: Due to the limited data many study abroad offices have on graduate students’ overseas experiences, this survey is encouraging these traditional holders of study abroad data to work with representatives of graduate schools, risk management offices, institutional research departments, or any others who may have access to the most comprehensive information. Where this data lives differs between institutions, therefore the survey is designed to accommodate responses from a variety of different sources on campus. Respondents may enter data for the institution as a whole or for a specific school within an institution.

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Q: Can I print out the survey to collect data before entering it online?

A: Yes. Survey respondents have access to a PDF worksheet within the survey.

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Q: Are all questions mandatory?

A: No, but comprehensive and complete data is valuable to the success of the survey and analysis. We understand that not all institutions will be able to complete all sections, but please fill out all questions to the best of your ability.

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Q: What types of graduate students are included in this survey?

A: Survey respondents report on students enrolled in a graduate program at their institution who participated in educational activities overseas, whether through their institution, through another institution/organization, or those who organized their own activities. To avoid double counting, survey respondents do not to report students from other institutions who participated in their overseas programs. The survey also includes both U.S. (citizens and permanent residents) and international students (non-immigrant international students on temporary visas) enrolled at the graduate level.

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Q: From what reporting period is this survey collecting data?

A: All information reported in the survey is based on the 2016/17 academic year, from fall 2016 through summer 2017, including intersessions or school breaks during the academic year.

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Q: What is the minimum amount of time a student must go abroad to be included?

A: There is no minimum amount of time.

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Q: What types of educational activities will be included in the survey?

A: The survey includes all graduate students’ educational activities overseas, such as coursework, research or field work, internships, co-ops or work experience, volunteering or service learning, travel seminars or study tours, and language study. It also includes overseas experiences for both  academic credit and non-credit educational activities overseas. It does not include conference participation or overseas trips or activities that are purely for leisure. Definitions for these categorizations of experiences can be found in the downloadable PDF worksheet of the survey.

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Q: What should I do if my institution's categorization of overseas activities does not align with the survey?

A: We understand that not all institutions or schools are able to separate out activities as defined in the survey. Categorizations that cannot be disaggregated to fit the survey categories or do not fit into any of the categorizations provided, but still fall under the scope of the survey can be identified as “other” or “unknown” categories.

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