Internationalizing STEM Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2014 Colloquium


Integrating Internationalization into STEM Education

Deans and faculty met at the NAFSA 2014 Colloquium on Internationalizing the STEM Fields to discuss best practices for developing global competence into STEM education. Experts in the field presented strategies and techniques for incorporating the development of global competencies into programming. Participants discussed common challenges that they faced in designing responsible international and intercultural programming.

Presentation Materials

Colloquium Program (200kb Adobe PDF)
The colloquium was held in San Diego, California, in May 2014. Fifty-eight faculty, staff, and administrators from STEM programs and organizations heard presentations and participated in discussions and networking opportunities. The program provides the schedule of events, session titles, and the presenters’ names and institutions.

Global Competencies in STEM Education: An Overview (745kb Adobe PDF)
Michael Milligan (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) provided an overview of the organization and the ways in which it addresses global competencies in STEM Education. Topics included:

  • Who and what comprise ABET;
  • How ABET policies influence programs;
  • ABET’s international engagement;
  • Global graduate attributes; and
  • Challenges facing technical education.

Panel: Integrating Internationalization into Programming Across Campus

Esther Gottlieb (980kb (Adobe PDF) (Ohio State University) touched on the following strategies in her presentation Innovative Ways to Promote Students’ Learning Experience:

  • How to develop agreement on the competencies needed for every graduate to have at the end of the program;
  • Review of the curriculum to find where to develop competencies, including ways to identify formal and informal places in the curricula to incorporate these competencies;
  • Consideration of general education as another possible area where students develop these competencies; and
  • Consideration of including study abroad as a general education credit to encourage STEM students to participate.

Anne Ogilvie (1mb Adobe PDF) (Worcester Polytechnic University) examined the following topics in her presentation on developing education abroad opportunities for STEM majors:

  • Education models that allow study abroad to be entered into the curriculum, including ways that experiential learning can support learning experiences;
  • How technical projects (e.g., senior capstones) can engage graduate students with industry partners; and
  • The importance of integrating off-campus opportunities into the academic calendar to help students take advantage of them.

Gabriele Weber Bosley (1.2mb Adobe PDF) (Bellarmine University) discussed the following strategies in her presentation Integrating Internationalization into Programming Across Campus:

  • How to develop programming that is applicable to all academic units, with a concentration on assessment of what is on campus within each department;
  • Ways of addressing rationales for education abroad and embarking on strategies for systematic review;
  • Matching of departmental learning outcomes with study abroad opportunities; and
  • How to motivate students to embrace idea of integrating study abroad into their studies.

Workshop: Internationalizing Programming on Your Campus
The presenters walked participants through ways of incorporating global competencies into STEM education programming. Participants discussed the following topics:

Wrap-Up Discussion and Future Opportunities (450kb Adobe PDF)
Participants completed a document outlining the steps they will take to apply ideas from the colloquium to their programming on campus.


Integrating Internationalization into STEM Education
This e-publication explores challenges and opportunities related to internationalizing the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


NAFSA thanks the USD College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering for their generous support of this event.




NAFSA thanks our partner organizations:

  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)