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INTERNATIONALIZATION

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.

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