Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Globalization is not a passing phenomenon. Globalization continues to impact how interconnected and interdependent we have become. Engineering and Technology graduates must not only develop strong technical skills but must also develop their leadership and global agility to remain relevant within their career. As a result, engineering and technology educators need to identify, develop and provide opportunities for international collaboration and interactions among students throughout the world.
Over the past 15-20 years, universities with engineering and technology programs have made great strides in providing international technical experiences for their students. These include study abroad, international internships, mentored travel, field trips, service learning, virtual collaboration and others. While student participation in these opportunities continues to grow, many more engineering and technology students could be accommodated.
This study utilized a mixed methods research approach to better understand the barriers to and perceptions of study abroad participation for engineering and technology students at a large private research university. 418 students (representing nearly 10% of all engineering and technology students within the university) completed the survey. Students at all levels (freshman to PhD) from ten different engineering and technology majors participated. Financial considerations were most often cited within this study and the literature as a barrier for participation. However, this paper provides additional insight and concludes that finances, while cited regularly, may not be the only deterrent for study abroad participation. Other pertinent factors include: awareness, concerns about delaying graduation, and family obligations.
Warnick, G. M., & Call, M. S., & Davies, R. (2018, June), Understanding Engineering and Technology Student Perceptions: Barriers to Study Abroad Participation Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31174
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