Susquehanna is among only a handful of schools to mandate a study-away experience for all students, and its post-travel reflection course requirement is unique. Students use class discussions, performances, presentations and creative writing to define how the experience changed them, with attention to cross-cultural learning goals such as understanding and recognizing ethnocentrism.
GO’s launch in 2009 means Susquehanna’s graduating class of 2013 will be the first in which every student will have studied away. Before GO, just 30 percent of Susquehanna students had off-campus study experiences.
“The Global Opportunities program is undoubtedly the most ambitious academic initiative in the history of Susquehanna University,” said L. Jay. Lemons, university president. “GO is earning a national reputation for Susquehanna in the areas of international education and curriculum development. This program offers the potential to be a truly transformative learning experience for our students.”
“It is truly amazing how far the internationalization of Susquehanna has come in such a short time,” said Scott Manning, director of cross-cultural programs. “That is largely because of the widespread support and commitment across campus from the beginning. This award confirms our belief that every college graduate should be able to enter the workforce with cross-cultural skills, based on experience. At Susquehanna, we believe this is absolutely critical to the success of our graduates.”
Susquehanna has also increased enrollment of international students by 35 percent in the past year, and added essential services such as a scholar-mentor program that trains juniors and seniors to help international students adjust to their new home.
The IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards were named for Andrew Heiskell, a former chairman of Time Inc. and longtime member of the Executive Committee of IIE's board of trustees. Heiskell was a renowned international and cultural philanthropist and a dedicated supporter of international education.
For more information about the award-winning programs, visit www.iie.org/internationalization.