International Experiential Learning
International experience-based 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.
International Co-op Program (ICP)
The International Co-op Program is a multi-term, cooperative education program that integrates cross-culture competency, language and professional work experience abroad. Students accepted into the program must complete multiple co-op terms, Orientation to International Co-op, a BOK in the humanities/social sciences and the associated intensive language courses before they are eligible to participate in a two term co-op opportunity in Germany or Japan.
International Experience Programs (IEP) | Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Singapore & Toronto
International Experience-Based Programs combines comprehensive cultural emersion with work integrated learning. Students participating in the experiences will earn academic credit for their full-time, semester long, academic internship or co-op (All internships and co-op experiences are unpaid). This learning opportunity provides student with a competitive advantage in the global the marketplace by expanding their academic, cultural and industrial knowledge.
European Experience-Based Learning Programs provide students with an opportunity to travel to multiple destination in Italy and Spain. Student participating in the program are enrolled in a 3 credit hour undergraduate course which can be used for an elective or as an international experience. During their short-term study abroad students will visit businesses, historic locations and cultural sites.
The Japanese Experiential Learning Programs provide students with an opportunity to travel to Japan. Student participating in the program are enrolled in a 3 credit hour undergraduate course which can be used for an elective or as an international experience. During their short-term study abroad students will visit businesses, historic locations and cultural sites.
Global Technical Workforce
(Germany, France, or Guatamala)
The Global Technical Workforce course provide students with an opportunity to travel to one of several countries to explore organizational structure and corporate culture with global industries. This 3 credit hour undergraduate course meets weekly and satisfies a DC or SE BOK. Depending on the destination, travel will occur either over spring break or at the end of the spring term. During their short-term study abroad students will visit businesses, historic locations and cultural sites.