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The Performance Of U.S. Exchange Students Abroad, A Longitudinal Study

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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International Study Abroad Programs & Student Engagements

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15.1250.1 - 15.1250.10



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Joerg Mossbrucker Milwaukee School of Engineering

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The Performance of U.S. Exchange Students Abroad, A Longitudinal Study


The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck/ Germany (FHL) have a well-established, dual-accredited, bi-directional exchange program in Electrical Engineering that is completely integrated into the curricula of both institutions. The basic layout of this tuition-neutral exchange program is shown in Figure 1. MSOE and FHL students spend the first two years at their home institution. During the first half of the second year, the students express their desire to participate in the exchange program. After fulfilling all academic requirements, students from both universities spend their third (Junior) year together at FHL and their fourth (Senior) year together at MSOE. The full academic year abroad provides the best aspects of an immersion type program, but in the company of fellow students from one's home institution. All courses taken abroad are in the English language and fully transfer ensuring no delay of the students time to graduation. Upon successful participation students receive accredited undergraduate Electrical Engineering degrees from both institutions. Over 180 students have participated successfully in this award winning1 program since its inception 15 years ago with a success rate exceeding 98%.

This paper is a longitudinal study of the academic performance of the U.S. students before, while, and after participating in this exchange program. Specifically, it tracks the student’s performance in a number of technical and non-technical categories and demonstrates the effects of the ongoing course and program-level improvement process implemented between MSOE and FHL.

Figure 1 – Layout of the Exchange Program in Electrical Engineering

Mossbrucker, J. (2010, June), The Performance Of U.S. Exchange Students Abroad, A Longitudinal Study Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16305

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