Jul 16, 2021
On July 19, two groups of German undergraduate Fachhochschule students will embark on a virtual journey to the U.S. created by two of our U.S. partner universities. They will experience intercultural academic exchange in a way never before experienced by Fulbrighters.
These virtual study tours have been designed by our partner universities, Michigan State University (MSU) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT). As pandemic restrictions keep the students from traveling to those campuses, both universities have developed innovative, highly immersive programs that will engage participants remotely in a diverse range of activities typical to U.S. higher education such as interdisciplinary and interactive seminars and workshops, combined with a series of virtual tours.
One group of 30 German students from cooperative study programs (Duale Hochschulen) will participate in a program with MSU until August 6. This institute will virtually expose the students to academic life and study at an American university through courses such as Intercultural Communication and Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Business Case Studies, and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Another group of 28 students from German Fachhochschulen will take part in their program “Communicating across disciplines: new approaches for applied sciences” with Virginia Tech until August 14. This institute includes a unique core academic component offered through VT’s Center for Communicating Science, along with a number of experiential co-curricular components.
We wish our German participants, U.S. colleagues and student peers an engaging and wonder-filled exchange.