Corrine Henke, director of Global Learning Opportunities and International Student Services within Boise State University’s Center for Global Education, has been awarded a $10,000 Partnership for Innovation and Collaboration on Study Abroad (PICSA) grant by the jury of Transatlantic Friendship Mobility Initiative of the Embassy of France in the United States. The funds will be used to provide scholarships to Boise State engineering students who will participant in a summer study abroad program in France.
The program will be led by engineering lecturer Gary Hunt, during which he will teach a core course, Engineering 120 Introduction to Engineering. This will allow students to receive major credit towards their degree while also having an international experience from which they will reap benefits during their future professional careers. Engineers are very likely to work with people from other countries and cultures, whether or not they seek employment outside their home country.
The program will be a field-based course using classic examples of French engineering as case studies. This model of connecting classroom learning with real-world experience in a way that contributes to a student’s degree develops their professional skills, is cost-effective and presents a very appealing and sustainable way for making study abroad accessible to a population of students who might not otherwise have that opportunity.
“Being awarded a Partnership for Innovation and Collaboration on Study Abroad grant is a great honor and an endorsement to Boise State’s commitment to doubling the number of students who study abroad,” said Gonzalo Bruce, assistant provost for the Center for Global Education. “Three organizations were involved in selecting our proposal among many others: the Embassy of France, the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The grant will allow two Boise State faculty members to offer a field-based course in Montpellier, France, and reduce the financial barriers to engineering students so they can explore classic examples of French engineering as case studies.”