Teaching a faculty-led course abroad is a great way to bring your classroom to the world. When Mines faculty travel with a group of students abroad, classes are held at a host university or program site, which provides students with study spaces and academic support during the program. Housing, on-site support, and in-country excursions are also included in the students program fee. Mines Education Abroad is committed to helping faculty develop programs that are rewarding for both faculty and students.
ADVICE FROM PAST PROGRAM LEADERS:
- Choose a class with a wide audience that fulfills requirements for multiple degrees.
- Plan to market the class early and often. It takes a lot of effort to get the word out for a first offering of a class abroad.
- Schedule the class to provide 3 or 4 day weekends to facilitate travel.
- Prepare course content in advance so you actually have time to explore/travel yourself.
- Plan flexibility into your course syllabus. Students will inevitably have travel delays or other issues come up.
Email Mary Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in developing a program for Summer 2021. Check back soon for our complete guide to program development.
- Mines in Maynooth
- Thermodynamics in Paris
- Thermodynamics in Paris (Professor Rachel Morrish)
“Teaching abroad in Paris brought new life to a thermo course I had taught on the Mines campus over a dozen times. I had fun mixing French history and culture in with the technical content and even took a field trip to a museum. The small class size afforded rich interactions with each student including coffee breaks and lunches outside of class. I came back to the U.S. reenergized and counting down the days until I could go back abroad to teach.”
– Professor Rachel Morrish, Thermodynamics in Paris