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Engineering International Service Learning Program offered for Fall Term 2012

Engineering International Service Learning Program (ISLP) – Cebu, Philippines

Travel portion of class is Winter Break, December 6-16, 2012

Open to all Engineering Majors - both Undergraduate and Graduate students: Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical

Course: CEE590-01 International Service Learning – Engineering (3.0 credit hours)

Contact for additional details: email Dr. Mark N. French or by phone at 502-852-0144


Schedule: On-campus: Tuesday 3:00-5:15 p.m. (first 7 weeks) and Tuesday 6:00-8:30 p.m. (second 7 weeks)
Travel: Cebu, Philippines, December 6 – 16, 2012 (
Cost: $3325, Includes all travel Louisville airport to Cebu, airfare and ground, cultural fieldtrips, lodging, 3/day meals
Instructor: Dr. Mark N. French, Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept,, 502-852-0144

Overview: This is an exciting opportunity for Speed School of Engineering students from any major to participate in the experience of a lifetime – International Service Learning. Students gain international experience in culture, teaching, team building, diversity, and leadership – experience another culture through direct teaching with local students in Cebu, Philippines schools. Teaching will include hands-on projects such as simple electric circuits, mechanical systems, structures, materials, logistics, and chemical experiments that combine and illustrate engineering theory and science in interesting and exciting ways.

Course meets with all engineering students together for first 7 weeks to plan, learn and train about the experience and teaching tasks specifically for the engineering discipline at schools in Cebu (meet only Tuesdays 3:00-5:15pm). The second seven weeks of course meets with students from other majors including Communications, Education, and Dental schools. These meetings involve sharing with one another the planned educational training that each student major group brings to Cebu (meet only Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm).

Overview of ISLP

The University of Louisville International Service Learning Program (ISLP) provides experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. This interdisciplinary program contributes to campus internationalization by infusing the classroom with various cultures to prepare students to be more receptive to global and comparative perspectives.

Learning Objectives for Students

  1. Integration of academic course content with practical experience in a structured manner will increase students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
  2. Through realistic self-appraisal and reflection, students will demonstrate personal growth through clarification of values and enhanced self-esteem.
  3. Students will develop an increased sense of social responsibility and appreciation for diversity through an understanding of the social, political, religious, and cultural constructs of the host community.
  4. Students will learn how their intended career choices may be viewed or practiced in different cultural contexts.
  5. Students will learn the importance of teamwork, balance, and relationships to achieve satisfying and productive lifestyles.


Students will be evaluated through their specific academic courses and faculty. Students groups will be expected to complete a web page and power point presentation that promotes the program and depicts their student experience. Participation in the orientation workshops may indirectly influence the final grade in the respective courses.

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