Five ways to engage globally as a graduate student
1. Study or improve your proficiency in a language other than your own
Learning a language opens the door to learning about a culture. It increases your cross-cultural awareness and allows you to connect with people from different parts of the world.
Start learning a new language or improve your proficiency in one that you have tried learning before. You can study a portfolio of languages through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, you may try other ways to learn at home or in the greater Raleigh area. Check out the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and other opportunities for U.S. College and University Students through the Department of State.
2. Connect with the international community @NC State and in the greater Raleigh area
Engaging with the international community can expand your knowledge and awareness about the world around us. You can build cross-cultural friendships and professional networks while learning about different cultures and countries.
Consider attending the English Conversation Club or joining one of the many Global & Cultural student organizations. Search for globally related groups and events on meetup.com for opportunities in the greater Raleigh area.
3. Study abroad or take a course that incorporates global learning
Studying abroad gives you the chance to see the current issues in education that you may be learning in class or addressing in research/practice from a different perspective and inspires you to offer more creative solutions.
College of Education Global Programs offers education-specific study abroad programs in China, Mexico and Kenya. Speak to your academic advisor early about your interest so that you can save the appropriate course requirement to take abroad. Look out for courses that incorporate COIL into your courses to engage with overseas students and partners in a virtual setting.
4. Conduct research abroad or present at an international conference
Conducting research abroad can help you understand your research topic in different educational contexts. Consider the research grants available through DAAD German Academic Exchange Service. Speak to your academic advisor about opportunities to incorporate international graduate research into your degree plan.
The Global Graduate Presenter Award and the International Travel Award through the Graduate School are two funding opportunities to present at an International Conference. Your department may also have additional funds that might supplement your presenting efforts. Review other Graduate School resources and University Fellowship Office resources for other global related fellowships and funded opportunities.
5. Teach or intern abroad
Teaching or interning abroad allows you to experience a different culture, work environment, and education system. Consider the JET program or the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs for funded teaching abroad opportunities.
Programs for U.S. Teachers offer in-service teachers multiple opportunities to improve their institution’s capacity to support study abroad, gain international teaching experience, or prepare to host international students.
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