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A Faculty Led Global Study Trip For Student Credit

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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International Collaborative Efforts

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8.43.1 - 8.43.12



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Thomas Carney

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Michael Nolan

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James Lampe

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Raymond Thompson

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Session 2260

A Faculty-Led Global Study Trip for Student Credit

Michael S. Nolan, Raymond E. Thompson, Thomas Q. Carney & James E. Lampe Purdue University


The Aviation Technology (AT) Department of Purdue University is now entering the third year of an ongoing globalization effort. Activities have included visits to numerous aviation programs around the world for the purpose of setting up aviation specific Study Abroad opportunities. The department offered an aviation law course in Oxford, England for Aviation Technology students in 2002. The Aviation Management major is now requiring a globalization component, with the other majors soon to follow.

The first faculty-led global study trip for academic credit offered by Aviation Technology is currently under development. The trip will be nine days in length and will be offered during spring break 2003. Interest is high with 25 – 30 students expected to participate. The trip will visit aviation operations, manufacturers, museums, and places of cultural interest in England and France.

Development to date has included considerable research and a trip by participating faculty in October 2002. The trip visited all potential sites, investigated transportation issues, and evaluated the overall environment for student participation. Two new courses were developed to support this type of travel. The first is a one-hour seminar course taught by the faculty trip leaders to prepare students and have them perform research prior to travel. The second is a two-hour course for the actual trip and associated assignments, logs, and trip reports. All three majors in Aviation Technology have agreed to accept this type of credit towards graduation requirements.

This paper will discuss the development of this type of academic experience, the associated course content, and the desired outcomes.


Aviation is a global oriented industry in nature and is rapidly becoming more so. In response, the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue University set in motion an initiative to add additional international perspective to our programs.

Many of our students come from a background in which they have not routinely interacted with individuals from other cultures, nor have they traveled extensively. Our graduates typically seek employment as professionals with large airlines or manufacturers that have significant international operations. The lack of exposure to other cultures places graduates at a disadvantage when they begin to work with individuals from other countries.

The goal of this new initiative was not simply addition of a course to the curriculum, but to make global issues and cultural awareness an everyday part of each student’s curriculum. As part of

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Carney, T., & Nolan, M., & Lampe, J., & Thompson, R. (2003, June), A Faculty Led Global Study Trip For Student Credit Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11443

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