Keywords

aviation, study abroad, globalization

Abstract

Aviation is a global industry. As we continue to push the boundaries of technical advancements and operational efficiency in the aviation industry, the reliance on the global workforce will continue to increase. In the United States of America, the majority of educational establishments focus mainly in the education and training of students for the US aviation industry. The narrow focus significantly limits the amount of exposure and opportunities available to the students of these educational establishments. In order to improve global exposure and provide students with opportunities outside of the US aviation industry, the authors of the paper successfully established a study abroad program, allowing students to explore and understand European culture, history, and its' aviation industry. Furthermore, students enrolled in the program had the opportunity to work with fellow aviation students from two different European universities on a joint research project. Students were required to complete homework assignments during the program designed to increase global awareness and cultural understanding. Feedback from students was positive in both written and scale questions.

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International aviation collaboration in a study abroad program

Aviation is a global industry. As we continue to push the boundaries of technical advancements and operational efficiency in the aviation industry, the reliance on the global workforce will continue to increase. In the United States of America, the majority of educational establishments focus mainly in the education and training of students for the US aviation industry. The narrow focus significantly limits the amount of exposure and opportunities available to the students of these educational establishments. In order to improve global exposure and provide students with opportunities outside of the US aviation industry, the authors of the paper successfully established a study abroad program, allowing students to explore and understand European culture, history, and its' aviation industry. Furthermore, students enrolled in the program had the opportunity to work with fellow aviation students from two different European universities on a joint research project. Students were required to complete homework assignments during the program designed to increase global awareness and cultural understanding. Feedback from students was positive in both written and scale questions.