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Student shows his
computer game
on a big screen
and, below,
working on their
games.

will face in their careers, said Joyojeet
Pal, PhD, faculty lead for GIEP, which
sponsored and oversaw the graduate
students' work with Digital Green.
Pal also is assistant professor at the
University of Michigan's School of
Information, which investigates human-computer interactions and other
applications of computer science.
In their interactions with their
client, Digital Green, Hentschel and
the two other University of Michigan graduate students were expected
to behave as consultants, and they
did, but they were still students, said
Pal. "While they're in school, students typically do not obtain a lot of
experience in working for clients, particularly those in different cultures.
That's not part of the curriculum. As
a result, students don't know what
could go wrong," he explained.

GIEP is one of several study abroad
programs that provide students in
computer science and related fields
with a preview of "what it will be like
when they have real jobs and will be
interacting with clients. "Clients expect consultants to tow
the line and deliver," added Pal. In addition, in the early
years of their careers, computer science and information
graduates will not be able to choose their clients. They'll be
assigned clients and projects. Similarly, in GIEP, Hentschel
and her team did not pick Digital Green. It was assigned to
them by Pal, based on the students' skillsets and interests.
Relatively few U.S. computer science majors participate in education abroad programs. Since 2003, computer
science and math majors have constituted only 1.5 to 2.1
percent of the annual total study abroad enrollment in
the United States, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE)'s annual Open Doors report, which
is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
"Computer science tends to have a rather sequential
curriculum. There is a fairly long list of courses that students have to take, one after the other, to finish the major,"
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said David Liben-Nowell, PhD, associate professor in the
Department of Computer Science at Carleton College in
Northfield, Minnesota. "Students can find it hard to fit
time abroad in among those requirements."
At Carleton, computer science students' education
abroad options include the Aquincum Institute of Technology's program in Budapest, Hungary, and the DIS Study
Abroad in Scandinavia program in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dorte Mari Aggergaard, assistant program director
at DIS, said that computer science majors have not had
an abundance of education abroad options that allowed
students to transfer the academic credits that they earned
back to their home universities or colleges.
Grant McClure, who was one of the 15 students in the
inaugural computer science program at DIS Copenhagen
in 2015, said, "If I had not been able to transfer credit, I
would have been under a lot of pressure to complete all my
courses so that I could obtain my degree on time." McClure,

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Toward a Better World
Tech Abroad
The University of Virginia Seeks to Emulate Its Founder
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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