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completed a year at the University in Konstanz in Germany, says that she is still worried: “Universities need to establish a better system for transferring credits so that you’re not suddenly two years away from graduating instead of one; it was this risk that almost kept me from going.” The same fear was repeated many times by students on the RISE program in Germany this summer. ways to overcome these barriers. Many programs offered to students in these fields accommodate their particular requirements for time, credits and language. Universities are finding ways to fit experiences into summer, winter sessions, or even spring break. Emory offers a summer program in chemistry in Italy, Northwestern has science and engineer- There are ways to get around the barriers to study abroad for students in the sciences and engineering. The rigid structure of their curricula also leaves little, if any, time for language courses. Students may be concerned about the impact of study abroad on their GPAs, and pre-med students might not want to have to study for or take the MCAT while abroad. Additionally, engineers in coop programs may find it particularly difficult to fit study abroad into their work/study programs. Finding Solutions and Building Bridges The fact that over 25,000 students in the sciences and engineering do make it abroad each year means that universities and individuals are succeeding in finding ing and public health in China and Mexico, and students at the University of Minnesota can go to Iceland to study geology or arctic biology, to name just a few. There are also short-term programs being developed abroad for the U.S. audience, including four new courses in science and engineering to be launched in Germany in 2007 with the support of DAAD. Language barriers have been overcome with dual-degree courses in engineering and language at University of Rhode Island and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. There are also increasing numbers of courses in Useful Links German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) www.daad.org Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) www.iie.org/programs/global-e3 Transatlantic Science Student Exchange Program www.chem.purdue.edu/tassep English being offered in non-Englishspeaking countries (Denmark’s International Study Program in Copenhagen is just one example) as well as disciplinespecific programs in English-speaking countries. And the question of credits and lack of faculty support has been addressed by lots of outreach, curriculum integration and the creation of consortia. Study abroad offices, others in the administration and committed faculty members reach out directly to faculty and students in science and engineering departments and colleges to make them aware of the advantages of study abroad. Worchester Polytechnic Institute’s Global Perspectives Program gives students the option to complete a mandatory part of their curriculum abroad, and 500 students a year take advantage of this opportunity. Virginia Tech students can also now spend their final year at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany (or the other way around) as a result of a bilateral agreement and cooperation between engineering departments. Both the Transatlantic Science Students Exchange Program (TASSEP) and The Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3), the latter administered by the Institute of International Education, are coalitions of universities created to minimize the difficulties of traditional bilateral exchanges while helping broaden the offering for U.S. students and giving faculty opportunities to connect with international colleagues. Looking at these examples, we can see that there are ways to get around the barriers to study abroad for students in the sciences and engineering. More programs like these need to be created, and general study abroad programs could probably do more to recruit and ensure the success of students in these fields. With the work ahead to be done, collaboration both within and across borders is just as key for international educators as it is for the scientists and engineers they are trying to serve—and the results of this collaboration should be equally as fruitful. Megan Brenn-White is Deputy Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York. 50
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Contents
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Study Abroad for Students of Color
Programmatic Diversity Versus Unplanned Information Flows
Nurturing Leadership and Social Change: The Mission of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Africa
Australia
Science and Engineering
Students with Disability
The Browser: Index of Advertisers
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Up Front: The International Education Diary
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Programmatic Diversity Versus Unplanned Information Flows
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Nurturing Leadership and Social Change: The Mission of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Africa
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