global engineering - student benefits

Student Benefits of Global Engineering

International work and educational experiences provide many benefits which include:

  • Personal growth
  • Cultural awareness
  • Potential career advantage
  • Opportunities to meet exciting and different people
  • Professional exposure and experience
  • Friendships
  • Paid work experience
  • Future international relationships enabling foreign commerce and policy
  • Understanding of diversity
  • Global Engineering Certificate (GEC)


How important is international study? 

Consider the following statistics excerpted from Open Doors 2003, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with funding from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Click here for more statistics.


American Students Abroad

  • "The number of U.S. university-level students receiving credit for study abroad in 2001/02 increased 4.4% from the previous year, reaching a record total of 160,920.
  • Since 1991/92, the number of students studying abroad has more than doubled (from 71,154 to 160,920, an increase of 126%).
  • In 2001/02, the leading fields of study for Americans abroad were social science (22%), business and management (18%), humanities (14%), fine or applied arts (9%), and foreign languages (9%), followed by physical sciences (8%) education (4%), health sciences (3%), engineering (3%), and math or computer science (2%).
  • Over 5900 students from Michigan universities studied abroad."

International Students in the United States

  • "Over the past 20 years, since 1982/83, the number of international students has increased by 74%, bringing the total to 586,323 in 2002/03.
  • The most popular fields of study for international students in the U.S. are business and management (20%) and engineering (17%). After two years of very large growth, the number of international students studying mathematics and computer sciences has decreased by 6%, although these students still make up 12% of the total.
  • Michigan ranked #8 with 22,873 students in 2002/03.  Engineering, then business & management were the most popular fields of study."

Is the LTU Global Engineering program for you? International study is critical to truly understanding technology growth, design, engineering and manufacturing. This will become only more important as international boundaries become less distinct, and the design environment becomes more and more virtual.

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