Why is it valuable to have study abroad students in your classes?
Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies (College of Arts and Sciences)
Having study abroad students in class enriches the experience for all. They often bring with them a different perspective on how they view the political world. It allows for a different type of conversation to develop during the semester that would otherwise not take place.
Associate Professor in the Department of Management (School of Business Administration)
Study abroad students add to the diversity of knowledge; we learn from them and vice versa. They tend to call me "Linzi!" Most AUS students don’t do that, and this simple difference is noticeable to AUS students and perhaps leads to some curiosity about other cultural differences. They’re also simply fun to have around, and they help challenge accepted cultural norms of ‘the way we do things around here.
Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering (College of Engineering)
I have enjoyed having [study abroad] students in my engineering courses. Because of the multicultural/multinational nature of AUS, [incoming study abroad] students feel welcome and assimilate quickly. Some [incoming] students are very productive; I co-authored a scientific article with one of my Norwegian exchange students several years ago.
Students who study abroad are enriched with the experience of living in a foreign country and being involved in a new culture. They also come back with a clearer picture of their plans after graduation, be it joining the industry, pursuing an international (or a local) graduate degree or enrolling in a humanitarian project.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture (College of Architecture, Art and Design)
Our study abroad students always add a different perspective to our classes. Their presence is stimulating to the students and to the professors. I always enjoy hearing their stories. Our local students benefit from the new friendships and by having their horizons broadened by having study abroad students in class.
[AUS students who went abroad] came back with new insights and fresh perspectives based on their experiences at other universities with differently shaped programs. The break away from their home university also gave them a renewed appetite for their work in their home colleges once they returned, refreshed and rebooted. [Study abroad] seems to be a great experience for students that broadens their horizons of interest, while reemphasizing for many the value of where they’ve come from.
Senior Instructor at the Department of Management (School of Business Administration)
From a young age we've had Dr. Seuss telling us, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." An international classroom adds unmeasurable value for the instructor as well as the students. We learn about culture, food, history, trust–and more than anything, we make lifelong friends from all around the world. Study abroad is not only about what you get but also about what you give to those around you.
Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering (College of Engineering)
Through the International Exchange Office at AUS, I was fortunate to interact with two undergraduate students who came to AUS from the United States through the student exchange program. One of them was Alexandria Irish, a biomedical engineering student who worked with my research students and collaborated with them while conducting experiments on humans in the area of cognitive engineering. Her feedback to me was that she learned a lot from this research experience, especially from conducting experiments in the lab. She was also able to collaborate with our EMBS-Biomedical Engineering Student Chapter, which helped her in gaining leadership skills.
Students who participate in IXO programs and study abroad for a semester or two come back with enhanced maturity and critical thinking abilities. This gives them the advantage of looking for alternative solutions and embracing other opinions.
Professor and Head of the Department of International Studies (College of Arts and Sciences)
Travel is an essential aspect of a good education. There is no better way to broaden your perspective, improve your mind and understand your home country than by traveling.
Professor in the Department of Management (School of Business Administration)
Having hosted many study abroad students in my classes over the past few years, I found the experience extremely valuable and mutually beneficial for both study abroad and resident students at AUS. While enjoying the multiple instructional and extracurricular activities offered by our culturally diverse university, study abroad students contribute to the further enrichment of the overall campus life at AUS. In particular, they enhance the classroom environment and learning experience by bringing a variety of new perspectives, points of view and modes of thinking that induce our students to get out of their comfort zone, challenge the status quo, and come up with innovative approaches to tackling problems and dilemmas they face in their personal and professional lives.
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering)
Why do I like to see study abroad students in my class? It helps reinforce the international nature of both engineering education and practice. Students know that they are all pretty much learning the same things at the same level.
Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of International Studies (College of Arts and Sciences)
I have had students who were Muslim, Mexican-American, African-American, European-American, Palestinian-Canadian and Korean. [Incoming study abroad students] always bring their unique experiences and fresh perspectives to the class. This is especially beneficial in my sociology classes, as I encourage all of my students to use their sociological imaginations to understand the differences between groups of people, cultures and societies.