Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Transforming Study Abroad


Transforming Study Abroad

| Program on Field Research

About the Event

Are you a student preparing for extended international travel? Interested in growing from this exciting experience while also staying safe? Learn to make the most of your travel abroad from professional researchers who have worked in unstable environments worldwide.

Led by an award-winning author and Iraq war veteran, FPRI’s field researchers use proven techniques and real-world, applicable skills to quickly develop situational awareness and cultural fluency. Students learn to travel effectively and gain confidence amidst uncertainty.

If you believe in inquiry, exploration, and meaningful personal development, you won’t want to miss this specially designed course that will prepare you to learn, research, and study abroad.

What You Will Learn:

    • The five easiest ways to recognize a potentially dangerous situation and avoid trouble before it happens.
    • How your own cultural background affects the way you perceive and communicate.
    • What you're saying in nonverbal communication. What others are saying to you.
    • The most common three attitudes that give Americans away overseas.
    • Discuss case studies to prepare you for real world cross-cultural interactions.


“This program is vital for training the next generation of such researchers. The only way we will really know about the world is by seeing it first-hand through the eyes of trained observers.”

- Robert D. Kaplan, foreign correspondent and chief geopolitical analyst, Stratfor

“Having studied abroad in Cuba shortly after taking FPRI’s field research training program, I am certain that David's lessons on human body language made my research time in Cuba not only more effective but also safer. The breadth of material the program covers will prove highly insightful for anyone traveling abroad.”

- James Midkiff, FPRI field research graduate, George Washington University ('16)



123 S. Broad St, Suite 1920
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19109


The course is $90 per student; Availibility is limited to 50 students

To RSVP, contact Megan Hannan at (215) 732-3774 x 122 or


David Danelo

David Danelo - David Danelo was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He teaches and conducts field research, consults on international border management, investigates geopolitical risk, and writes about intersections between policy, security and culture.

Eugenia Lee

Eugenia Lee - Eugenia Lee is an ethnographer working with startups and nonprofits on understanding impact. A Tufts University graduate, Ms. Lee has studied and worked in informal settlements in Africa and Asia, and...