International Cooperative Education in the Metropolitan University

  • Giles A. Packer Central Connecticut State University
  • Frank D. Larkins State of Georgia Consortium for International Cooperative Education, Georgia State University
Keywords: Metropolitan Unitersities, International Programs


In response to the need to prepare students to take their place in a global economy, more and more metropolitan universities are internationalizing their curriculums. Those international programs that are most effective provide for or even require students to go abroad for a portion of their university education. Challenged by the need to make this affordable for more students, metropolitan universities may find international cooperative education a promising alternative to traditional study-abroad programs. Work-based international programs have the added advantage of providing a more comprehensive exposure to foreign cultures, customs, and business practices.