MA in International Education
The Life Sciences Indonesia Program (LSIP) is a two-week program for University of Glasgow students interested in the fields of Human and Animal Biology, Biomolecular Science, and Infection and Immunity. This study abroad program will provide students interested in these degree areas the opportunity to study at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Sieman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. LSIP is grounded in the theories of self-authorship and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory, providing students with the opportunity to curate their own learning experience, learn through real-world experiences, and connect course material to real-life applications. The program is open to all students to apply, but particularly aims to increase participation amongst underrepresented groups through unique marketing efforts and collaboration with different departments within the university.
To ensure that the program would meet the unique needs of the University of Glasgow, I conducted my needs assessment by interviewing staff in the Global Opportunities department at the university and then used that information to develop a student survey. The needs assessment process made clear the importance of providing a short-term mobility option in order to increase access and to make the program more affordable for students, as it was indicated that finances were the biggest barrier that students face in participating in global mobility programs.
Based on the feedback received in the needs assessment, the program will be in partnership with Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. Through participation in this program, students will not only strengthen their practical knowledge in the area of Life Sciences, but also demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of Indonesian culture and way of life. The program will also help to bolster the connection between the University of Glasgow and UGM, ultimately strengthening internationalization efforts of both institutions.
International and Comparative Education
Tobin, Shannon, "Study Abroad Program for the University of Glasgow: A Short-Term Life Sciences Program to Indonesia" (2021). Capstone Collection. 3229.