International Education Focus
For students interested in careers in the many growing areas of International Education, International Studies offers students the option of a focused MA track, with coursework individually tailored to each student’s professional goals and drawn from departments and divisions across campus. In addition to their graduate core in International Studies, students may register for relevant coursework in management, program evaluation, educational leadership, intercultural communication, counseling, conflict resolution, budgeting and grant writing – all skills that are essential for professionals in international education, and which will give students a competitive edge in employment opportunities.
Professional development and practical training opportunities are available through Oregon’s Office of International Affairs, the umbrella unit which encompasses Global Education Oregon Study Abroad and International Internships, International Student and Scholar Services, and Oregon’s Global Studies Institute, providing a broad array of opportunities for internships and graduate employment positions.
A unique strength of Oregon’s International Education track is that students cultivate professional skills tailored to their personal career aspirations through hands-on learning opportunities, in addition to honing the writing and critical thinking skills which are foundational for the evaluation, reporting and proposal writing required by effective, high quality educational programs. They also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on an original research project on a topic of their choice; recent thesis topics for students focused on International Education have included a critical program evaluation of an international speakers bureau, an analysis of opportunities and obstacles for students with disabilities in study abroad programs, and an analysis and recommendations regarding the gender imbalance among students who choose to study abroad.
Alumni of the International Studies Department have gone on to successful careers as Program Coordinators, International Education Administrators, Advisors and Graduation Specialists, among other positions, in international exchange and study abroad programs representing higher education institutions, private providers, and K-12 school systems in the US and abroad.