In an effort to avoid creating an additional set of student learning outcomes, those core elements listed below have been adapted from existing lists of outcomes within international academic programs and general education.
Ideally, a Meaningful International Experience (MIE) should meet two sets of outcomes. One set of outcomes concerns global/cultural awareness and communication. Those outcomes include, but are not limited to:
- Articulate what it means to be the ‘other’
- Strengthen and develop an understanding of the importance and implications of intercultural communication within a variety of contexts (cultural, disciplinary, linguistic, business, social, etc.) through interactions and communications with cultures different from one’s own and through post-experience reflections
- Develop geographic literacy (physical, social, cultural and ecological
In all likelihood, a student will meet one or more outcomes related to global/cultural awareness and communication by taking a course in the Global Awareness category in general education. Thus, the MIE could simply reinforce those outcomes either explicitly or implicitly. To reinforce the outcomes explicitly, the program may consider including or refining a global/cultural awareness and communication outcome–either one listed above or one assigned to Global Awareness. Alternatively, the program may consider reinforcing the outcomes implicitly through a discipline-related outcome (as described below).
The other set of outcomes for the MIE concern the academic discipline within the global context. These outcomes include, but are not limited to:
- Broaden and apply disciplinary knowledge, perspectives and/or skills beyond the U.S. context and reflect on these to become professionals within the discipline.
This discipline-related outcome is broad enough to include, implicitly at least, the global/cultural awareness and communication outcome (reinforced from general education) while focusing the MIE on the major. At minimum, an approved MIE must meet the disciplinary outcome cited above or a refined version of it.