Studying Abroad Experienced by Increasing Numbers of Students

Posted: Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 8:57 AM

Participation in study abroad programs has dramatically increased since the fall of 2014, soaring from 7 in the academic year 2014–2015 to 117 in the academic year 2015–2016. Participants come from all majors and traveled to 22 countries. Long-standing experiences such as SHRM’s Summer Study in Europe (since 1989) have been augmented by several new opportunities including FCB’s International Management in Southeast Asia and International Business in France and Morocco, and SHRM’s Discovering Gastronomy and Language and Linguini (in cooperation with the NAU College of Arts and Letters).

Inforgraphic demonstrating the numbers for increased participation in study abroad programs 2014-2016

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Dr. Wanda Costen, executive director of SHRM, made a concerted effort in Summer 2016 to broaden the reach of the experiences in Europe. Efforts made by the NAU Center for International Education (CIE) have helped in this regard as well including scholarships to offset the expenses of study abroad.

CIE also partnered with the FCB to develop the Global Business Program, an ambitious, innovative dual-degree curricular track that internationalizes a business degree by adding intensive language study, immersion in the community of international scholars, and a variety of other global curricula and activities.

Faculty avail themselves to international experiences by teaching abroad. For example Tim Clark, associate professor of management, has taught in Spain, India and Cuba. Their global enrichment overflows into the classroom to the benefit of their students.

There is a need in business and hospitality to have a “global mind,” and opportunities at FCB abound.

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