San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1198.1 - 25.1198.11
First Study Abroad Project in Brazil – College of Engineering, A Large PublicUniversityIn 2007, a study abroad project funded under the Funds for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) program (US-Brazil Program) of the Department ofEducation began at this large public university. This is the first such project forengineering students at this university. Faculty members from four departments(Engineering Education (EngE); Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE); Civil andEnvironmental (CEE); and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)) participated inthis project. Project investigators collaborated with investigators from two USuniversities and three Brazilian universities (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro,Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná, and Universidade Federal do Juiz de Fora)and developed a student exchange program. Seven students have studied in Brazil fora semester to date and project will expire in 2012. This paper will discuss the following: (i) Key strategies for recruiting students for the program (ii) Issues involved in developing Memorandums of Understanding and Student Exchange Agreements between VT and Brazilian universities. (iii) Portuguese language training and course transfer issues from Brazilian universities (iv) Experiences of seven students (3 in CEE, 1 in MSE, and 3 in ISE) who have completed one-semester long study in Brazil to date. (v) An “International Engineering Certificate” (under development) for undergraduates in College of Engineering.
Lohani, V. K., & Van Aken, E. (2012, June), Study Abroad in Brazil: A Pilot Project in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21955
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