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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Peter Simpson


he topic of inquiry for this capstone project is risk management. After realizing that my practicum site, El Nomad Study Abroad Programs, did not have a comprehensive risk management plan, I decided to tackle this issue head-on. My research question is: “What practices in risk management would be best suited to improve El Nomad Study Abroad Program's risk management plan?” After completing an extensive literature review on risk management best practices and completing several interviews with professionals in the field of study abroad, I moved into the risk assessment phase of this capstone project. I created multiple risk assessments for the country of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. I then utilized all of this research and information to complete an El Nomad-specific risk assessment of its university and faculty-led study abroad programs. The final product of this inquiry is a risk management plan for El Nomad that summarizes all of my conclusions about best practices for El Nomad. The implication for professional practice is further professionalizing a small study abroad company operating out of Cuenca, Ecuador. Having a robust and comprehensive risk management plan is essential to any study abroad provider, regardless of its size. With my risk management recommendations, El Nomad can now say that they are more prepared when it comes to risks of all levels.


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research