Internationalizing the Disciplines

July 20, 2009

These resources provide strategies for internationalizing curricula, and institutional examples of study abroad programs in various disciplines.

Where Faculty Live: Internationalizing the Disciplines

August 2008

The American Council on Education Internationalizing the Disciplines project provides examples of global learning outcomes relevant to specific disciplines.

The overall project goal promoted the internationalization of teaching and learning at U.S. institutions through collaboration with four disciplinary associations:

  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Historical Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Psychological Association

Action plans to enhance internationalization of the disciplines are included along with the ACE essay, Where Faculty Live: Internationalizing the Disciplines which outlines how global learning outcomes can provide useful tools for faculty.

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Internationalizing Agriculture Programs

October 2009

Iowa State University College of Agriculture drafted a Strategic Plan for global programs to "improve learning, discovery, and engagement related to agriculture, natural resources, communities, and food systems." The strategic planning process is outlined, including goals, strategies, benchmarks, and funding needs.

Strategic Plan for Globalization in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture 2001-2005

Internationalizing Teacher Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2009 Colloquium

The resources below were compiled in conjunction with a special colloquium on internationalizing teacher education that was held at NAFSA's 2009 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, CA. With support from the Longview Foundation and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), NAFSA brought together faculty and administrators from colleges of education and interested international educators for discussion of key issues, opportunities, and strategies in the internationalization of teacher education programs and to connect faculty and administrators from colleges of education with the wider international education community.

Through internationalization of curriculums and programs in teacher education, colleges of education can foster the formation of teachers with a global vision and global understanding who can contribute to the education of tomorrow's global citizens.

Below you will find handouts from the colloquium and a link to a video highlighting an internationalized public school. On the upper right, you can find links to of Web resources focusing on the internationalization of teacher education and to an article about the internationalization of teacher education programs.

  • Preparing Globally Competent Teachers (91kb Adobe PDF)
    Carole Ames, dean, College of Education, Michigan State University
    Dean Ames addresses why internationalization of teacher education is critical, and what fruitful paths lie ahead for revitalizing and reshaping teacher education.
  • Leading Change (275kb Adobe PDF)
    Paula Cordeiro, dean and professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego
    Dean Cordeiro's roundtable discussion centers on strategies for helping faculty adapt to the new demands of an internationalized program.
  • Curriculum Revision (111kb Adobe PDF)
    Professor Reyes Quezada, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego
    Professor Quezada engages participants in a discussion on what elements are needed to internationalize teacher education curriculums and the tools available to help build new curricular models.
  • What Does an Internationalized School Look Like? (315kb Adobe PDF)
    Kelly Aramaki, principal, John Stanford International School, Seattle, WA
    Principal Aramaki presents information on his school's truly intercultural programs, its teachers' preparation, the use of technology to help internationalize, and the outcomes achieved.
    To learn more about the goals, practices, people, and achievements of the John Stanford International School, watch the video titled Success Spoken Here: Preparing Citizens of the World.
  • Campus, Community and Tech Resources to Internationalize Teacher Education (214kb Adobe PDF)
    Merry M. Merryfield, professor, Social Studies and Global Education, The Ohio State University Professor
    Merryfield's roundtable focuses on resources that already exist on campuses, in the community, and on the Internet that can help teachers-in-training develop their global awareness.
  • Integrating Education Abroad into the Teacher Education Curriculum (203kb Adobe PDF)
    Craig Kissock, director, Educators Abroad Ltd., and Richard Gordon, professor, California State University-Dominguez Hills Drs. Kissock and Gordon's roundtable addressed the benefits of education abroad for preparing globally aware teachers and ways to integrate these experiences into teacher education programs.

Related NAFSA Resources

Study Abroad Engineering Programs

March 2009

Links to consortia offering study abroad programs for engineering students:

Structuring Study Abroad Business School Programs

May 2008

The Michigan State University gathered more than sixty national and international faculty and administrators from business and other disciplines to share their perspectives and brainstorm solutions to issues surrounding study abroad for business programs. The roundtable disseminated its findings in this summary report which contains a synopsis of the issues and recommendations of the participants on the fourteen topics that correspond to study abroad challenges:

  • Anticipated Outcomes in Study Abroad Programs, p. 10
  • Recruiting Students for Study Abroad Programs, p. 35
  • Best Practices in Study Abroad, p. 40
  • International Comparative Perspectives, p. 4
  • Integration of Foreign Language into Study Abroad, p. 18
  • Faculty Involvement in Study Abroad Programs, p. 31
  • Internationalizing the Study Body Via Study Abroad, pp. 20 and 26
  • Administrative Arrangements for Study Abroad Programs, p. 11
  • Funding for Study Abroad Programs, p. 38
  • Geographic Diversification of Study Abroad Programs, p. 27
  • Integrative Study Abroad Programs, p. 8
  • Types of Study Abroad Programs, p. 5
  • Curricular Integration of Study Abroad Programs, p. 14

View the MSU Report (120kb Icon PDF 16)

Curriculum Integration in Study Abroad

November 2005

The Forum on Education Abroad's analysis of their Baseline Survey of Curriculum Integration in Education Abroad displays ways in which study abroad is integrated into college and university curricula. This report also includes a discussion of successful examples of curricular integration.

View the Report (500kb Icon PDF 16)

CIEE Report on Study Abroad for Science and Engineering Students

July 2003

Recognizing that science and engineering students are under-represented in study abroad programs, the CIEE Science Study Abroad Working Group produced a report which:

  • Identifies barriers to science and engineering students to study abroad
  • Proposes strategies to overcome these barriers
  • Discusses what would be required to make study abroad programming in science fit better into the home curricula of science majors
  • Identifies institutions where conditions exist that would facilitate study abroad in the sciences and engineering
  • Identifies fields in science and engineering that are most appropriate to study abroad

View the Report (186kb Icon PDF 16)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Students and Education Abroad

Lynn Anderson, Dean of International Education at University of California, San Diego, dispels the myth that STEM students cannot participate in education abroad and outlines how UCSD has provided motivation, opportunities, and access for their STEM students to go abroad.

View the resource (68kb Adobe PDF).