June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
19.20.1 - 19.20.10
Developing a portfolio of short- and long-term international programs into the engineering curriculumThe paper discusses development of a portfolio of various international programs, how they canbe effectively integrated into the engineering program, and in what way they prepare students inan ever more intensive way for their “capstone year” abroad: 1) J-term faculty-led travel courses geared towards familiarizing younger engineering students with the history, culture and technology of various countries are important for retaining students in a challenging major and making them enthusiastic about studying, doing research and/or interning abroad for a longer term at a more advanced stage of their studies. 2) Summer faculty-led service learning and language immersion programs abroad and on campus are effective modules to keep students interest in things international while getting practical experience in applying their technical and language skills and have them engage with a new culture and engineering environment in a protected but intense way. 3) The two short-term modules described above lead up to a year-long study/internship capstone year abroad where students “go it alone” – they can meet the challenge having been prepared technically and linguistically for a long-term stay abroad, first in a group of peers (studying at a partner university), then ultimately taking off on their own to various internship sites Strategies to develop this diverse international engagement portfolio, as well as curricular integration, credit transfer and overcoming of hurdles will be discussed. We will share lessons learned and best practices as well as assessment results from J-term engineering focused travel experiences to Chile, France, Germany, from summer experiential service/research learning modules in Guatemala and summer language/culture immersion courses on campus and in China as well as from our expertise in having developed effective long-term study/internship sequences in China, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain.
Berka, S., & Serman, E. A., & Echevarria, M. M., & Erickson, L. O., & Scholz, S. A., & Geithner, A. (2015, June), Integrating a portfolio of short with long-term international programs in the engineering curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17143
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