Cross-Cultural Pedagogy: Practical Strategies for a Successful Interprofessional Study Abroad Course

Jieru Bai, Susan Larimer, Mary E Riner


This article discusses some practical strategies for designing and implementing a cross-cultural interprofessional study abroad course, including pre-departure preparation, facilitating small groups with local students, establishing a weekly theme, utilizing role-play and reflective assignments, and implementing meaningful evaluation strategies. These strategies were based on three years of experience and were found to effectively increase students’ cultural competence and self-confidence, as evidenced by student evaluations and results from a focus group conducted one year after the course. Short term study abroad courses with appropriate pedagogical design are significant strategies for health profession programs in the face of growing diversity and globalization.


cross-cultural, pedagogy, interprofessional, study abroad, health care, social work

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