Traditional learning methods such as lecturing and rote learning are becoming increasingly inferior to experiential learning, or learning by doing. Instead of regurgitation, focus should instead be placed on cogitation. Experiential learning comprises many forms—internships and externships, research, service learning, and leadership roles. Experiential learning has a multitude of benefits for students such as better guidance towards majors and careers, an acceleration of learning, enhanced student engagement, and a more personalized learning experience. Learning institutions of all levels are also positively impacted by the adoption of an experiential learning style focus, including higher return on investment, higher student interest and graduation rates, higher job placement rates following graduation, and an increased level of outcome ownership from students. These benefits greatly outweigh the benefits of traditional teaching and learning methods due to the customized style of each student and each institution. This understanding and critical reflection can empower an institution to align to best serve their students and is applicable across professions and disciplines. As part of a growing teaching and learning dynamic, experiential learning shows great reward for students, educators, and institutions overall. Institutions have and continue to implement international study abroad experiences for students to proceed in their coursework in a diverse cultural and academic setting. International experiential learning experiences, though not as plentiful as study abroad experiences, offer students a diverse range of opportunities. The unfamiliarity of place and culture engages students in invaluable critical thinking and problem solving that reinforce the potential gain of unique skills including major and career exploration, cultural literacy, and personal development. Through international partnership and collaboration with institutions of higher learning in regions including Asia-Pacific, Amazonian, North America, and Europe, students can gain applicable skills and make valuable connections to their desired career and academic fields.

Published in: World Congress on Education (WCE-2018)

  • Date of Conference: 15-18 July 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/WCE.2018.0067
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-91-9
  • Conference Location: Dublin, Ireland