Lynn devoted to importance of international education

“Lynn students overall university experience is enriched by opportunities for experiential learning off-campus,” said Krift.

Published Aug. 23, 2010

For the fifth consecutive year, Lynn University was recognized by U.S. News and World Report for having the highest concentration of international students in the south region. However, Lynn is not only proud of the number of international students we have on campus, but also the number of students we send overseas.

Despite a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that says many employers don’t value time spent abroad because students are unable to articulate its value, Lynn’s Center for Global Education and Citizenship and director Anna Krift are very passionate about international experiences.

“Lynn students' overall university experience is enriched by opportunities for experiential learning off campus, whether short-term, semester or year-long domestic programs and programs abroad,” said Krift.

Like the other universities included in the Chronicle’s “Colleges Help Students to Translate the Benefits of Study Abroad” article, Lynn helps its students record and translate their experiences abroad – most often through reflection papers and journals. International education is a high priority at Lynn not only through education abroad, but also through the university’s programs and curriculum.

In an example of the varied overseas experiences available at Lynn, this summer (2010) 68 students traveled to countries in Asia, Europe and Africa including China, South Africa, England, France, Greece and Turkey, among others on faculty-led Academic Programs Abroad (APA). Another 30 students traveled abroad to Irish American University and nine on non-Lynn programs.

Summer travel participation is typically second to Lynn’s new January Term. During the inaugural J-term (January 2009), 173 Lynn students traveled overseas on faculty-led classes and 78 students traveled domestically. Last year (January 2010), 177 students participated – with 129 students going abroad and 48 traveling domestically.

In line with the Lynn 2020 vision, “our education abroad programs are primarily focused in Europe, Asia and Latin America," said Krift. "The vision states that we should add programs abroad in Latin America and Asia to our program in Ireland for immersion in their respective languages and cultures.”

Although Lynn doesn’t have an official partnership in Latin America, the university does partner with international organizations in Europe at Irish American University and with a hospitality program in Switzerland at DCT University Center in Lucerne. In Asia, Lynn offers an intensive language program in Shanghai.