Summer Internship Report (June - July 2019)
Timelines : Start: 29-June 2019 - End: 30- July-2019
Project : A REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AT URAL FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA
- PHASE ONE: PREDEPARTURE PROGRAM
- PHASE TWO: THE STUDY TOUR
- PHASE THREE: POST-TOUR DEBRIEFING
Study Tour Framework
PHASE ONE: PREDEPARTURE PROGRAM The pre-departure program consists of meeting with the student participants and their parents to clarify the intentions of the tour and to inform participants of critical information. Areas that are covered include safety, responsibility, money/currency, appropriate clothing for cold climates, luggage, food, and cultural differences that the student will encounter. This information is important to relay, as there are some students who have never travelled overseas before and perhaps are not aware of certain things that others may see as obvious. Parents are invited to this event, as quite often they can be more anxious than the student involved. For many, this is the first time their son or daughter will be away from home. It is also important to have the parents feel involved.
PHASE TWO: THE STUDY TOUR This section outlines the issues, challenges, benefits and opportunities that a study tour can bring. The tour comprises a four-week mix of relevant industry visits and cultural experiences associated with the disciplines represented. As part of this four-week trip a one-week university based project is completed by each student adding academic rigour to his or her tour experience. The study tour operated on the principle that all the nine students had individual facilitators who mentored them during their stay at the Ural Federal University. The students were exposed to various nuances in their relative field and grabbed every opportunity to excel by demonstrating meticulous performance.
PHASE THREE: POST-TOUR DEBRIEFING The post-tour exhibition also acts as a successful promotional tool for future study tours as new cohorts have the opportunity to see the outcomes of the returning study tour students, giving them a clear understanding of what can be expected if they embark on the tour.