Extending Our Reach: What We Have Learned In Two Years Of Engineering Study Abroad Programs

Alan Parkinson, John Harb, Spencer Magleby, Chelita Pate
2008 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Two years ago the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at BYU embarked on an ambitious program to develop engineering study abroad programs. As a first step, we studied programs around the country to better understand programs formats and best practices. For the 2006/2007 school year, we sponsored seven student programs that involved sending students to China, France, Mexico, Romania and Tonga. In this paper we discuss what we have learned from the first cycle of these programs.
more » ... ssues discussed include why we chose a particular program format, what went well and what did not, preparation of students beforehand, refinement of outcomes, and a surprising emergence, to us, of the potential and importance of international humanitarian projects.
doi:10.18260/1-2--3542 fatcat:g6nskufsnna2lf72vzl4zm3dba