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Issue Number 5: Promoting Study Abroad in Science and Technology Fields

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This fifth White Paper in IIE's study abroad capacity research series examines opportunities to expand student mobility in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which are consistently underrepresented in study abroad.

It first examines the most recent Open Doors student mobility trends in STEM disciplines, and then features an essay focusing on models for increasing study abroad in the field of engineering. Finally, the paper looks at evaluation for these programs with an essay on STEM program evaluation methods, and a sample evaluation case study. Looking separately at trends, program models, and evaluation in STEM study abroad, the paper offers an overall view of the dynamics of study abroad in these specific fields of study.

Promoting Study Abroad in Science and Technology Fields

March 2009