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


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.