Collaborative Initiatives in International Studies and Study Abroad
Off-campus study programs are an important component of the curriculum at liberal arts colleges, offering a fresh type of learning experience away from the traditional classroom. During an off-campus program, students are immersed in a new location, a new culture, and often even a new language, all of which bolsters their academic and personal growth.
In the past, off-campus study may have been considered relevant only to certain majors or fields of study. But today, gaining global perspectives, either through off-campus learning or an internationalized curriculum on the home campus, is widely valued in a liberal arts education. Increasingly, students may not need to leave their campus classroom in order to understand how multi-cultural and international perspectives are brought to bear on the subjects they study.
Through a variety of projects, ACM faculty have collaborated on new ways to conduct off-campus study and tackle challenges in creating new programs that seek to impart interdisciplinary, global perspectives to their students.
The links below describe ongoing projects, workshop structures and outcomes, and links to resources, including teaching activities, data, syllabi, and best practices.
In addition to the projects listed below, the member colleges of the ACM jointly operate off-campus study programs around the world that offer interdisciplinary approaches, personal attention, independent projects, and experiences with diverse viewpoints and ways of learning.
Relevant FaCE Projects
- Approaches to Research and Learning about the Environment (Fall 2010)
- A Sustainable International Student Teaching Experience for ACM Students and Faculty (Spring 2008)
- The Creation of Short-Term International Study Courses (Fall 2008)
- Earth and the Environment in Italy (Fall 2009)
- Finding Our Way: Strategies for Internationalizing Undergraduate Psychology (Fall 2009)
- Global Citizenship (Spring 2010)
- Integrating Study Abroad into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Transforming On-Campus Teaching and Learning (Spring 2009)
- Making Critical Connections: Workshops on Teaching International Development in the Liberal Arts (Spring 2010)
- The Power of Place: Facing the Challenges of On-Site Teaching and Researching (Spring 2011)