DelVal expands global education opportunities

The University plans to double student participation in international learning opportunities by 2020.

Courtesy: Kristy Poisson ’16. Kristy Poisson, a Delaware Valley University English major, is studying abroad in Japan.

Courtesy: Kristy Poisson ’16. Kristy Poisson, a Delaware Valley University English major, is studying abroad in Japan.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -Delaware Valley University is expanding international learning opportunities through three new initiatives. The University has committed to doubling the number of its students learning abroad by 2020; has signed two new semester-long exchange agreements and has been awarded a grant for study abroad scholarships.

“At Delaware Valley University we believe real-world experience is just as important as classroom learning,” said Study Abroad Coordinator Matt Kaminski-Lucas. “Through our Experience360 program, 100 percent of our students gain real-world experience through internships, career exploration, student research, study abroad, leadership development, community service or civic engagement. Expanding participation and opportunities in global learning will expose our students to new ways of thinking, so that they are entering their careers as young professionals with a greater understanding of other nations, cultures and viewpoints.”

The University signed a partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative, which is aiming to double the number of U.S. students who study abroad each year by 2020. Through this partnership, DelVal has committed to doubling the number of its students who participate in learning opportunities abroad by 2020 by offering additional short-term faculty-led courses abroad, more international internships and career experiences, and other university-related travel experiences.

DelVal has also signed two new exchange agreements, which will provide semester-long study abroad programs for DelVal students in Belgium and the Netherlands. The program in Belgium will provide opportunities for the University’s business administration majors to study at Artevelde University College Ghent. The program in the Netherlands will provide opportunities for the University’s counseling psychology majors to study at Radboud University.

The University’s existing exchange partnership with Hartpury College in the U.K., which was originally only for equine science and management students, has been expanded to include animal science students with additional learning options for those specializing in dairy science.

DelVal’s Piszek/Evans/Diamond Exchange, which is funded by the Copernicus Society, has been expanded to allow more students to participate. The exchange allows DelVal students from any major to spend 10 days in Poland involved in professional and cultural development activities. The goal is to promote better understanding and connections between the two countries.

The University has also been awarded a Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Grant for the 2015 to 2016 academic year. The grant will fund six $2,500 scholarships for DelVal students from traditionally underrepresented populations to help make study abroad possible for more students.