Our People: Michael “Mick” Vande Berg, Ph.D.

Michael “Mick” Vande Berg, Ph.D. is an IDI Qualified Administrator and an IDI Qualifying Seminar Instructor.  Principal and Founder of MVB Associates, LLC, he has held leadership positions at a number of institutions that are unusually committed to international and intercultural education, including el Instituto Internacional, in Madrid, Spain, where he chaired the English Department; Kalamazoo College, where he served as Director of the International Center; Michigan State University, where he directed the Study Abroad Office; the School for International Training, where he was Dean of Study Abroad; Georgetown University, where he directed the Office of International Programs; and CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, where he was Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has been principal investigator of several research projects, including the Georgetown Consortium Study. His publications include Spanish-to-English translations of two classics of Spanish twentieth-century literature, numerous articles and chapters on literary and intercultural topics, and (with Michael Paige and Kris Lou) Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It. He serves as senior faculty member at both the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication (SIIC and WIIC), and he has taught courses, seminars, and workshops at institutions and organizations on five continents. A founding board member of the Forum on Education Abroad, he is a recipient of both the Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer award for his “remarkable effectiveness in influencing institutions of higher education to understand and support study abroad,” and the IDI Intercultural Competence award “for outstanding contributions to organizational development in increasing intercultural competence.”