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International Study Abroad In Engineering/Industrial Technology: Through The Eyes Of Students

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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International Study Abroad Programs

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14.791.1 - 14.791.5



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Michael Dyrenfurth Purdue University

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Donal McHale Dublin Institute of Technology

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Robert Herrick Purdue University

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Richard Hayes Dublin Institute of Technology

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James Barnes James Madison University

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PU H-DA PSU DIT Students Dublin Institute of Technology

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International Study Abroad in Engineering/Industrial Technology: Through the Eyes of Students

Michael Dyrenfurth, Robert Herrick, Donald McHale, Richard Hayes, James Murphy, Michael Toth (Students, Purdue University) Stefan Boehnel (Student, Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany), Brian O’Connell (Student, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Faculty and programs in engineering/industrial technology often promote international exchange and study abroad as a desirable component of a university experience— particularly in this increasingly globalized world. But, what do students who have actually had such experiences perceive? How do they view such experiences, before, during and after the event? The following paper evolved from the experiences of four universities collaborating on an EU-FIPSE funded Atlantis project called DETECT that consist of the partnerships shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Project DETECT Partnerships

Central to this presentation and paper will be the opportunity to actually hear from students who have experienced both short term and full semester international study abroad experiences. The session will include participation of bachelors degree students from engineering/industrial technology programs from Germany (Hochschule Darmstadt), Ireland (Dublin Institute of Technology), and the USA (Pennsylvania State University & Purdue University).

Student Perspective Topic Areas (addressed as needed and appropriate) Student Life Housing and Food Academic/Class Culture Faculty Instructional & Assessment Strategies

Dyrenfurth, M., & McHale, D., & Herrick, R., & Hayes, R., & Barnes, J., & Students, P. H. P. D. (2009, June), International Study Abroad In Engineering/Industrial Technology: Through The Eyes Of Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5551

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