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Penn State Harrisburg International Programs

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Learn about international study tours available through Penn State Harrisburg.

Learn about international study tours available through Penn State Harrisburg.

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  • 1. Staff Forum
    November 13, 2009
    Office of International ProgramsPenn State Harrisburg
  • 2. Activities of International Programs Office
    Marie-Louise Abram 948-6003 C114
    Stephanie Ponnett 948-6062 (also Honors and Faculty Senate) C118
    Office that creates international opportunities abroad for faculty and students
  • 3. Why do we seek these opportunities?
    The world has changed – global economy
    All countries are interconnected, particularly US
    Students need to be relevant, competitive and current to compete in the job market
  • 4. College’s Approach
    Following PSU’s strategic plan to make international programs a priority, Office of International Programs was created
    Strategic Planning Committee was configured and charged in 2008-2009
    Action Plans to be executed – example, languages, certificate programs, etc.
  • 5. Functional Areas of International Programs
    Institutional Relationships
    Faculty and Student Exchange
    Contract Work
    Study Abroad
    Study Tours
  • 6. Study Tours – Primary Focus Based on Students’ Needs
    Most students can only travel for short periods – working and class schedules
    Family obligations
    Traditional students come with the helicopter parents
    $$$$$
    Having the international experience is more important than the time abroad
  • 7. Challenges
    Students cannot afford the costs of the trip
    Faculty do not have incentive to coordinate
    Logistics
    Safety
    Political climate
    College’s expectations of behavior
    Cancellations
    ETC.
  • 8. Penn State Harrisburg’s Objectives in International Programs
    5-10 study tours a year
    More exchange relationships for faculty and students
    More students using all study abroad programs
    Development objectives to build program
  • 9. 2009-2010 Study Tours
    Spring break courses
    China – School of Business, Dr. Webb
    London – School of Business, Dr. Chung
    Scandinavia – School of Humanities, Dr. Barton
    Spring Course – travel in May 2010
    European Bridge Tour – School of SET, Dr. Cecere
    Summer Course – travel in June 2010
    Mexico – School of BSED and Humanities, Drs. Clark and Strickland