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Penn State Harrisburg International Programs

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Learn about international study tours available through Penn State Harrisburg.

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Penn State Harrisburg International Programs

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

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