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ERIC Number: ED367232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 21
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Optimizing the International Experience through a Pre-Departure Orientation and a Re-entry Workshop,
Weinmann, Sigrid; Bragg, Jeani Marie Behr
One of the components of the international program at Michigan Technological University is an internship in Germany where students work for 3 months in companies or university research institutes. These paid internships offer students (mostly engineering and science majors) a unique opportunity to improve their communication skills and cultural awareness while also gaining international work experience. A pre-departure course, which meets once a week for 10 weeks, was developed to provide a format for discussion of the intellectual, emotional, and social processes involved in immersion in a foreign culture and to provide tools for successful adaptation to the new environment. A re-entry workshop was designed to give students a structured setting to synthesize their global experiences and to determine the extent of their personal and intellectual growth. This paper describes objectives for the pre-departure course and re-entry workshop, content, methods and assignments, schedules, and anecdotal evidence of program effectiveness. A survey form is appended to the paper. (Contains 19 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Germany; Michigan Technological University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 1-3, 1993).