International experiential learning encompasses academic internships, cooperative education, research and service learning opportunities abroad. International experiential learning allows students to apply theoretical classroom knowledge in a real-world setting, enabling them to gain a better understanding of a given field in a global context.
Due to the globalization of today’s workplace, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to apply academic theory to real world problems and adapt to multicultural environments. Success in today’s global workforce demands increased adaptability, cross-cultural competency, and intellectual flexibility.
Employers are increasingly interested in students who have international experience as they struggle to produce a globally competent workforce. Students who participate in international experiential leaning opportunities demonstrates they have developed the requisite skills and cultural sensitivity needed to excel in the global workforce.
“…In today’s global economy, where complexity and change are the norm, attracting and retaining culturally competent talent will continue to be a challenge for companies globally. International experience has become a critical asset for all global organizations and will continue to create a competitive advantage, both for the individuals and for the companies that hire them…” - Laurette Bennhold-Samaan
Undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati may participate in a variety of international experiential learning opportunities through the Division of Career Education and Experiential Learning. The division offers both semester long internship and co-op opportunity as well as short-term faculty-led opportunities.