GPP on the Great Wall


Because of the large increase of undergraduate students coming from China, the GPP was initially designed to assist academic advisors, residence life staff and faculty members better understand the background of the new students from Asia.  The program first began in the summer of 2012. Since that time, each May, 15-18 staff and faculty members have completed the program.

Global Partners Program (GPP) has three primary goals: 

  • Increase participant knowledge and understanding of a particular culture so that participants are personally better able to provide services/help international students; 
  • Upon return, with increased knowledge and understanding of a particular culture, participants will share their trip experience with colleagues in a formal setting, and; 
  • Assist participants to better understand key overseas institutional partners so they are better equipped to promote study abroad programs within their college and assist their colleagues to also promote such programs.  
Along with offering pre-departure orientations in two cities, the program participants visit three campus study abroad sites to better understand what the Purdue domestic student might experience if he/she chooses to study abroad. (see example schedule)
 Ashley Maloff, Ali Mears, and Chinese student

The program includes:

  • 6 week Chinese Language course (meets twice a week at noon)
  • 4 week pre-departure orientation course
  • A research component required participants to research and report on some aspect of China
  • Participants agree to be a part of an on-going research program measuring:
    • Intercultural sensitivity (assessed using the IDI)
    • Travel readiness (assessed using SRA)
    • Journaling
    • Evaluation
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