Internationalizing Curriculum

Internationalization of curriculum provides an opportunity for faculty to infuse an international dimension into their courses and to share their project results with others online or through events and seminars. It has become increasingly important for students and faculty to develop a global perspective to effectively compete in a global economy.

Why Internationalize?

Internationalizing the curriculum has many benefits including enlarging the pool of faculty and administrators conversant in international issues. Increased exposure to faculty with overseas knowledge and experience creates a greater awareness and interest on the part of students in world affairs. This exposure heightens awareness of diversity issues on campus for both faculty and students and opens the door to new ideas, research, and colleagues overseas.

Get Involved

In order for internationalization to succeed on at MCC, teaching faculty as well as administrators must be involved. Here are some resources that will assist with involving the teaching faculty in the process of Internationalization. Visit the CIEE's International Faculty Development Seminars website to learn about some great learning opportunities.

Consider joining the campus-wide Global Education Committee to get involved in internationalization initiatives. Internationalizing your curriculum fosters creativity and flexibility and can help prepare your students to be aware of global issues. Additional benefits include engaging your students in authentic, critical global & international issues that develops skills, global perspectives, and attitudes.

If you are interested in incorporating international components in your classes, review the syllabi from faculty at Portland Community College to learn how international studies are being integrated into their courses of study.

International Satellite Programming

If you would like to incorporate any international satellite programming into your class, IE provides satellite programming to MCC in five different languages: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese. An English channel that covers world sports is also available. They are on the following channels, on any TV, on campus:

44-Arabic, Al Jazeera

45-Arabic, Al Arabiya

46-English, World Sports One

47-Japanese, TV Japan

48-Taiwanese, Channel V

49-Korean, KBS World

50-Taiwanese, MOMO Kids (if you'd like to learn Chinese! Great Channel!)

51-Mandarin Chinese, CCTV-4

52-Mandarin Chinese, Phoenix Info News

53- Korean, Arirang TV

The programming that streams to these channels can be changed for a short time, for a special cultural event, or for a class. Simply fill out The Satellite Channel Request Form, and return it to International Education to ie@mesacc.edu or at reception in the NU6 Building at least 48 hours before the show will air. We can change the channel as long as it is a channel in one of the languages that IE has purchased, for the duration of the special event or class. The languages chosen were based on the largest number of international students on campus that speak these languages. All programming options can be seen at: http://affiliate.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?zipcode=85202&lineupId=...