Science and Technology StudentsDO Study Abroad:Supporting Successful International Experiences in theSTEM Majors Caine Fra...
Background•     STEM students are underrepresented among US      students studying abroad    •      Approximately 13% in 2...
Session Goals•   Understand barriers for STEM    students•   Learn effective approaches to    support STEM study abroad•  ...
Step 1: All About You
STEM Study Abroad:Barriers          •   Academic              •   Rigid degree requirements              •   Once yearly c...
STEM Study Abroad:Barriers•   Cultural    •   Negative messaging from faculty/advisors    •   Lack of personal/family inte...
STEM Study Abroad:Barriers•   Personal    •   Financial    •   Foreign language fluency    •   Academic record
Advising Scenario•   What advice and direction can you offer in your role    as an advisor?•   What other resources would ...
Advising Scenario•   Scenario 1 – Faculty Support•   Scenario 2 – Change in Course Offerings•   Scenario 3 – Poor Academic...
Overcoming Barriers:STEM Study AbroadPromotion
STEM Study Abroad:Promotion•   Provide proof    •   Highlight student        returnee stories and        photos    •   Pro...
STEM Study Abroad:Promotion•   Acknowledge the myth    •   “Engineers DO Study Abroad!”    •   Address the unique academic...
STEM Study Abroad:Promotion        •   Personal benefits            •   No better time for                international tr...
STEM Study Abroad:Promotion•   Personal benefits: the résumé    •   A unique accomplishment among peers    •   Familiarity...
STEM Study Abroad:Promotion•   Personal benefits: additional    degree options    •   Example: OSU’s Int’l        Degree  ...
Academic Success Abroad
Prior to Departure         •   Scholarships             •   Germany – RISE             •   Global E3             •   Whita...
Prior to Departure•   The major-specific pre-departure orientation    •   Connect with peers going abroad    •   Ask “stup...
Prior to Departure          •   Relay academic information              •   Europe:                  •   more theory, less...
Prior to Departure•   Relay academic information     •   Asia:         •   instructors are invested         •   performanc...
Prior to Departure•   Confirm grade translations, when possible    •   Program providers:           •   translations provi...
During the Study Period
During the Study Period•   Check in with students on academic progress•   Connect students with host university resources•...
Science and Technology                Students            DO Study Abroad!Caine Francis                                 Ni...
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"Science and Technology Students DO Study Abroad: Supporting Successful International Experiences in the STEM Majors."

Presented by Caine Francis, Advisor, International Engineering Programs, & Nick Fleury, Head Advisor, International Degree, Oregon State University

NACADA Region 8 Conference 2012: Portland, Oregon

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STEM Students DO Study Abroad

  1. 1. Science and Technology StudentsDO Study Abroad:Supporting Successful International Experiences in theSTEM Majors Caine Francis Nick Fleury Advisor, International Engineering Programs Head Advisor, International Degree Oregon State University Oregon State University NACADA Region VIII Conference March 2012
  2. 2. Background• STEM students are underrepresented among US students studying abroad • Approximately 13% in 2009/10 1 • These low numbers are disproportionate to opportunities1. Institute of International Education. (2011). "Fields of Study of U.S. Study Abroad Students, 1999/00-2008/09." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors
  3. 3. Session Goals• Understand barriers for STEM students• Learn effective approaches to support STEM study abroad• Gain tools to support academic success for STEM students while abroad
  4. 4. Step 1: All About You
  5. 5. STEM Study Abroad:Barriers • Academic • Rigid degree requirements • Once yearly course offerings/course sequencing
  6. 6. STEM Study Abroad:Barriers• Cultural • Negative messaging from faculty/advisors • Lack of personal/family international experience
  7. 7. STEM Study Abroad:Barriers• Personal • Financial • Foreign language fluency • Academic record
  8. 8. Advising Scenario• What advice and direction can you offer in your role as an advisor?• What other resources would be useful to resolve the situation?
  9. 9. Advising Scenario• Scenario 1 – Faculty Support• Scenario 2 – Change in Course Offerings• Scenario 3 – Poor Academic Performance Abroad• Scenario 4 – Publicizing New STEM Programs
  10. 10. Overcoming Barriers:STEM Study AbroadPromotion
  11. 11. STEM Study Abroad:Promotion• Provide proof • Highlight student returnee stories and photos • Provide space (physical or online) for prospective-returnee community building
  12. 12. STEM Study Abroad:Promotion• Acknowledge the myth • “Engineers DO Study Abroad!” • Address the unique academic planning required
  13. 13. STEM Study Abroad:Promotion • Personal benefits • No better time for international travel • Put your degree in a global context • Study abroad is the first of many travels
  14. 14. STEM Study Abroad:Promotion• Personal benefits: the résumé • A unique accomplishment among peers • Familiarity with international travel • Intercultural skills • Demonstrates planning, organization, maturity • Directed research and/or internship experience
  15. 15. STEM Study Abroad:Promotion• Personal benefits: additional degree options • Example: OSU’s Int’l Degree • Int’l Studies or Global Learning minor/certificate
  16. 16. Academic Success Abroad
  17. 17. Prior to Departure • Scholarships • Germany – RISE • Global E3 • Whitaker program - Biomedical • STEM consideration • Boren Awards • Gilman • Freeman-ASIA
  18. 18. Prior to Departure• The major-specific pre-departure orientation • Connect with peers going abroad • Ask “stupid” questions to gain confidence • Emphasize new course approvals if needed
  19. 19. Prior to Departure • Relay academic information • Europe: • more theory, less application • optional reading/attendance • final exam = course grade • oral exams
  20. 20. Prior to Departure• Relay academic information • Asia: • instructors are invested • performance reviewed publicly • mutual responsibility among students
  21. 21. Prior to Departure• Confirm grade translations, when possible • Program providers: • translations provided by program • Exchange partners: • translations determined by institution
  22. 22. During the Study Period
  23. 23. During the Study Period• Check in with students on academic progress• Connect students with host university resources• Ensure student transcripts will be sent
  24. 24. Science and Technology Students DO Study Abroad!Caine Francis Nick FleuryAdvisor, International Engineering Programs Head Advisor, International DegreeOregon State University Oregon State Universitycaine.francis@oregonstate.edu nick.fleury@oregonstate.edu

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