Study abroad experience in South Africa through short-term collaborative projects

Alan C. Hansen, Andrea B. Bohn, Jeffery C. Smithers

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There is a sense of urgency to encourage students in the U.S. to embark on some form of study abroad experience. A whole semester or year abroad is a deterrent for many students because of the relatively large time commitment in an unknown environment and also because of concerns regarding completion of degree requirements. In this paper a short-term study abroad program is described in which students from the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Illinois collaborated in teams with senior engineering students in South Africa on capstone design projects. The projects were proposed by the School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Excursions were organized to expand student cultural awareness and understanding of agricultural practices and technology development. It was concluded that the format followed for this international exchange was very effective and successful in meeting the objectives set out for this short-term educational experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education, 35th Annual Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPedagogies and Technologies for the Emerging Global Economy, FIE'05
StatePublished - 2005
EventFrontiers in Education - 35th Annual Conference 2005, FIE' 05 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2005Oct 22 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


OtherFrontiers in Education - 35th Annual Conference 2005, FIE' 05
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN


  • Collaborative project
  • International
  • South Africa
  • Study-abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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