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Over the years, the Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE) department has placed a strong emphasis on encouraging faculty to internationalize their curriculum as a way to bring the world to Valencia classrooms and allow more students access to global learning experiences. We developed the Professional Development course INDV3351: Internationalizing the Curriculum at Home to provide faculty with the resources and strategies for infusing their course with global perspectives. In line with recent literature on global learning, we firmly believe that an internationalized curriculum is the central pathway to providing all students with intercultural competencies needed for today’s workforce.

Some of the benefits of internationalizing the curriculum include:

  • Wider access to all students,
  • Increased intercultural competencies of all students, not just those who study abroad,
  • Ability to integrate into all disciplines of study.

Have you ever wondered what internationalization of the curriculum looks like in action?

In November 2023, SAGE had the opportunity to join the final presentations for Dr. Melonie Sexton’s DEP2004H Developmental Psychology Course. In the presentations, the students highlighted the results of their unique research comparing an aspect of developmental psychology in the U.S. with another country of their choice. Topics ranged from parenting styles, cultural influences on development, perspectives on healthy lifestyles, and access to education. They included results of interviews conducted with contacts in countries such as Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Venezuela and Jamaica. Students also brought food and drinks from these countries to make it a full international celebration. This was the perfect example of how any class at Valencia can be internationalized to allow students to gain new global perspectives and competencies.

If you interested in internationalizing your course, please visit the SAGE Website.

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