The rigorous course of study for science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees and high school qualifications can make taking a semester abroad near impossible. However, through taking your students on a short-term faculty-led program, you can provide them with a powerful supplement to their lecture theatre learning, giving them that additional edge in today’s competitive job market. Technological advancements have led to a rise in multi-national companies, organizations, and research, and the demand for internationally competent STEM professionals is growing by the day. Faculty-led programs and educational tours opens your students’ eyes to another country’s technological advancements, the need for global research, and helps to develop their soft skills.
Although STEM subjects transcend boundaries, and the international research community shares its findings, different countries do have varied approaches to scientific solutions. These differences are often due to economic, political, and environmental factors. For example, efforts to combat climate change in New York City will differ to those of a small fishing village in Japan. Through seeing real-life applications of STEM that they may not be used to, students are inspired to think of innovative ways their learning could benefit the global community.
Going to another country offers biology students the chance to study different flora and fauna than they are used to. For example, a high school tour or university program to Vietnam gives students the chance to conduct field studies on ecosystems in jungles.