Our 27 international students, seven of whom came to the College via
exchange programs, represent nearly six percent of the Class of 2019.
Three of those exchange students are participants in a Brazilian
government program called the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. The
program provides government-funded scholarships (which cover full
tuition, room and board as well as living and travel stipends) to Brazilian
undergraduate students for one year of study at colleges and universities
in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to students focused in
the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
After completion of an academic year, the students return to Brazil to
complete their degrees.
The College has also formalized relationships with several international
universities. One such relationship is an agreement of academic
cooperation with Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
(UPAEP) in Puebla, Mexico, where Lycoming alumnus Rafael Moreno
Valle ’91 serves as governor.
During his 2015 trip to China, President Trachte also signed
memorandums of understanding with three universities: Henan
University of Science and Technology located in Luoyang, Sias
International University, also located in the Henan Province, and
Southwest University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, the fifth-
most populous city in China. In addition to student exchanges, the
agreements offer the possibility of having Chinese faculty spend a
semester at Lycoming teaching Chinese language courses.
The number of Lycoming students who study abroad continues to
grow. Twenty-eight students participated in three May Term travel
courses this year and visited six countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium,
Germany, Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Twenty-seven
more participated in study abroad programs, Lycoming travel
courses, and field experiences during sessions in Fall 2014 and
Spring and Summer 2015, an eight percent increase over the
previous academic year.
This past spring, Len Cagle, an
assistant professor of German,
and Christopher Jackson,
assistant professor of music, took
11 students on a trip to Germany.
German language majors were
able to practice their language
skills and music majors were able
to hear period melodies played
on rare pianos in use at the time
the pieces were composed.