At the Purdue Polytechnic Office of Globalization, we understand that increased cultural and global awareness is becoming a key element for success in most professional careers. In a recent study of employers, 78% reported that their priority is to recruit and employ college graduates who have international experience interacting with people and business operations in cultures outside their own, so why not set yourself apart from the rest and GO GLOBAL! *
Our office is committed to creating and sustaining global strategic collaborative partnerships with institutions that provide opportunities for long and short-term student and faculty mobility.
Currently we have more than a dozen locations on four continents that work closely with us in providing students with full semester study abroad experiences taught in English that are aligned with our curriculum plans of study to ensure on-time degree completion. Through student exchange agreements these long-term abroad activities allow you to pay your current Purdue tuition while earning your credit hours in an international environment. The university offers financial support in the form of travel grants to students ranging from $1,000- 3.000 (depending on duration) to help offset the costs of going to our partnering student exchange locations. The Office of Globalization can also assist you in finding possible internships during your full semester abroad to further broaden your time away from home while providing you with invaluable work experiences for your résumé.
In addition to full semester activities, we have more than 125 students participate in short-term faculty led study-abroad programs each year. These 1-2 week short term global activities take place during spring break, winter break, and the summer months and offer students the chance to gain credits while being briefly immersed in new cultural experiences that will leave you with life-long impressions.
If you want further information or want to ask questions, please stop by and see us at our offices in Knoy 150. Our office is under the display of national flags in the Knoy lobby. The Polytechnic is proud of the fact that we have representation among our faculty, staff, and students of more than 85 nations worldwide. Beyond home countries we can also introduce you to faculty, students, and academic advisors who have participated in global programs who can give you first-hand information on how their global experiences have changed their perspective on the world as well as their professions.
Next time you are in Knoy, please stop by the video monitor outside our office and see videos and photos highlighting our globalization efforts.
-Dr. Cox, Elizabeth Barajas, & Misty Clugh
* Source: Hart Research Associates. It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College
Learning and Student Success (Washington, DC: AAC&U, 2013), www.aacu.org/leap/public_opinion_research.cfm