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Rhodes and International Education

Profs. David Mason (Theatre), Milton Moreland and John Kaltner (Religious Studies) on the Search trip in Florence, Italy, May 2005, made possible by the Spence Wilson Faculty International Travel Fund

By Robyn Gibboney

Learning to frame issues with multicultural and international perspectives is a necessity for today’s global citizens.

Immersion

Many students say that immersion is the key. Spending extended time in cultures outside the United States both challenges and changes them.

In summer 2009, Logan Eberly ’10 was an international fellow at Calvo McKenna Hospital, a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner in Santiago, Chile.

“I worked with cancer patients and patients in the ICU. I also studied drug interactions in the pharmaceuticals division,” he says. “I received a list of patients and their corresponding medications; my job was to crossreference the medications to avoid adverse interactions between them.” While there, he discovered “a new side of medicine. I saw what a health care system in another part of the world is like compared to ours.” We can learn from each other, he concludes.

Curriculum

Keenly aware of the demands for an international perspective in today’s society, the Rhodes faculty adopted a new curriculum in spring 2004. Believing a multicultural perspective is essential, they incorporated internationalization in 25 percent of the new curriculum’s foundational requirements.

The Buckman Center

The Buckman Center for International Education assists students in off-campus learning. Director of International Programs Katherine Owen Richardson ’83 and her staff work with students to help them find the most suitable programs. Many Rhodes students benefit from scholarships for international education as well as international internships supported by longtime college trustee Robert Buckman. During the spring 2010 semester, Rhodes students were studying or working in 22 countries on five continents.

Financial Aid

For many students, an international experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, made possible only through the generosity of Rhodes alumni and friends. Additional gifts will help low- and middle-income students connect with the world in life-changing ways.

Faculty Travel

Thanks to the Spence Wilson Faculty International Travel Fund, Rhodes faculty are able to conduct research outside the U.S., collaborate with colleagues throughout the world, or present papers at international conferences.

Like never before, “learning from each other” is the essence of international education, allowing students and faculty alike opportunities to broaden their experiences and gain new expertise in their fields. It is at the heart of a Rhodes liberal arts education.

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