Students Gain New Perspectives, Course Credits and Career Skills Across the Globe
By Ed Brennen
Nine sociology students are spending six weeks in València, Spain, working as interns with community organizations while taking three-credit courses in Spanish culture and civilization.
Eleven business students just returned from a two-week trip to Nanjing, China, where they were immersed in international entrepreneurship along with students from India.
Several other students are taking part in field-based international experiences in far corners of the world like Australia, Morocco and Ecuador.
In all, 150 UMass Lowell students are studying and working in 20 countries around the world this summer through programs offered by the Office International Experiences & Study Abroad. That’s a 7 percent increase from the previous summer, when 139 students complemented their on-campus studies with a global experience.
“We are continuing to grow,” says Fern MacKinnon, who has served as director of the Study Abroad office since it was launched in 2012 to advance global engagement and inclusive culture at the university. “We’re always finding new ways to incorporate experiential learning and academic coursework in an international setting.” Read more