Park is working to increase dramatically both the number of students who incorporate study abroad into their degree programs and the number of faculty who seek international opportunities for teaching and research.
Park students are now able to choose from two international courses taught abroad each summer by Park faculty and numerous study abroad courses in foreign languages. Park is actively seeking scholarship funding through national and private foundations to make study abroad possible for more students and currently offers financial, sabbatical, and flexible leave incentives for faculty to participate in the Fulbright program.
- Six full-time faculty (communication arts, theater, history) participated in study abroad activities during FY04.
- Short-term study abroad programs were developed for Spain, Italy, Greece, Denmark, and Brazil.
- Park University has had a partnership with The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) since 2001. ACT was a program provider for short term faculty led trip Greece in the summers of 2001- 2004. These trips were lead by professors of International Business, Theatre, History, and Communications.
- Park University has had a partnership with Oregon State University Consortia since 2003 which allows students to study abroad for a semester or year in France, Germany, Mexico, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, or Ecuador.
- In the summer 2005, two faculty members from different disciplines (Art and History) and 16 students studied abroad in Italy through an arrangement made possible by a partnership with the Center for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA).
- The International Education and Study Abroad office is planning a "Park University Greece Preview" program in summer 2006, In this program, 2006 high school graduates will experience four weeks classes of at Park University's home campus, followed by three weeks in Greece, and one week at Park after the trip.