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June 9, 2005

Birmingham-Southern College to host international education symposium

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern will host a two-day symposium “Defining Reorientation for the Study Abroad Student and the Institution” June 16-18 focusing on re-entry programs for students who study abroad and the effect of this experience on the internationalization of the campus and curriculum.

Participants will include representatives from the 42 colleges and universities that make up the Global Partners Project. This consortium is made up of institutions from the Associated Colleges of the South, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

This will be the 2nd annual symposium, funded by a Mellon grant from the Global Partners Project, focusing on pre-departure and re-orientation of students who engage in an international experience. This year's symposium will bring faculty members and international educators together to discuss theoretical and practical models aimed at assisting students who return from study abroad and recommending a structure for institutions to incorporate their experience into the internationalization process at an institution.

“A number of symposium participants this year are faculty members,” said Anne Ledvina, BSC's associate director of international programs. “Since the focus is on the internationalization of an institution and developing curriculum, the involvement of faculty will be a major component of this symposium.”

Workshops and presentations also will be used for symposium participants to analyze current programs and to identify goals and new directions for the area of internationalization at liberal arts institutions.

The final results of the symposium will be disseminated through a policy paper that will be available on the BSC International Programs and Global Partners Project websites.

For website information or more details about the symposium, contact Ledvina at 226-7722 or aledvina@bsc.edu.

 
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