Hi, I'm Meenakshi Chhabra, Professor and Director of the International Higher Education program in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University. Hope you're all doing well, and a very hearty virtual welcome to all of you.
I want to give you a brief overview of our program, which has been around for almost 30 years and is one of the leading pioneer programs in the field. Students who come to us integrate their passion for international travel, their willingness to learn from different cultures, and a desire to make a difference. If you are looking to do the same, our International Higher Education program is for you. It is a 33 credit program, which you can complete as a full time or a part time student, depending on your life and work commitments. Our faculty include experts, scholars and practitioners in the field. The distinction of our curriculum lies in its focus on cross cultural interactions and on social justice. Our core courses will equip you with skills to effectively engage with different cultures and critically understand local and global issues in higher education. You will learn how to design international education experiences to enhance student learning and develop innovative research ideas. You will also be trained to present your ideas at conferences and in publications. Our electives will prepare you to lead and manage international education offices and exchanges. In addition, you will be able to access several networking and professional development opportunities. Most importantly, you will join a highly supportive academic community and be part of our more than 500 motivated alums who are striving to make international education inclusive and accessible to all in the United States and around the world. I hope you will take the time to look at our website.
Hi, I'm Jana Van der Veer, Program Coordinator of the International Higher Education program at Lesley University. I wanted to speak to you about the array of professional development opportunities available to you as a student in the program. Our students understand that networking and engaging in professional development outside the classroom is an integral part of an international education career. Located in the Boston area, a hub of higher education, the program allows students to engage in a variety of experiences that will enhance their skills and knowledge of the field. Students who elect to do an internship may choose to work in an office of study abroad, international students and scholars, or equity and inclusion at campuses ranging from large, complex institutions, such as Harvard and MIT, to smaller schools, as well as organizations that focus on service learning or internships abroad. Students are encouraged to join professional organizations, where they may volunteer or present at a variety of conferences and other events at the local, regional and national level. They may also, under the guidance of faculty, submit research for publication in professional journals. These presentations and publications draw upon the theoretical and experiential work students do in the classroom. This combination of academic and professional preparation means our alumni are well positioned to gain employment in the field, and an average of 95% of students find jobs within six months of graduation. We hope you will consider joining us and our alumni network of over five hundred people currently working in intercultural and international education fields.