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Using Multinational Cooperative Student Projects to Enhance Short-Term Study Abroad Programs in International Business

  • Continued growth in international experiences for U.S. co++6llege students is a favorable trend. However, the most substantial increase has occurred with of short-term study abroad programs. Many of these programs include extensive travel instead of involving a single site. There is great danger that if not properly managed, these types of international educational experience will default into little more than an organized group tour. In these types of programs it is challenging to induce student participants to engage meaningfully with local residents as the traveling group tends to form into its own portable society. In addition, the current state of wireless communications means that students participating in these types of programs can easily stay plugged into their home social networks which further reduces meaningful interactions in the cultures being visited. Incorporating well designed research projects into short-term study abroad programs holds the potential to offset some of the inherent limitations of such programs. Research projects can serve both to prepare the students for the trip and promote meaningful cross-cultural interaction while the program is underway. In this paper, the authors provide suggestions based on their experiences with short-term travel abroad programs which incorporated student research. Several potential problems are identified and suggestions are given for project design.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Robert B. Burney, Srinivasan A. Venkatraman, Yoav Wachsman, Jürgen Bode
Parent Title (English):Global Journal of Business Pedagogy
First Page:50
Last Page:57
Publication year:2017
Copyright:Copyright 2017 by Institute for Global Research, Nashville, TN, USA
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 378 Hochschulbildung
Entry in this database:2018/02/14