Category: International Education Research

Study Abroad for Engineering Students: Adviser and Student Perspectives

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 88

Drawing upon interviews with advisers and testimonials from students, this qualitative study highlights study abroad experiences for undergraduate engineering majors.

Lesley Seccia

Graduate Student
University of California-Santa Barbara
Goleta, CA

Lesley Seccia is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara. She is also an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She majored in French and Global Studies as an undergraduate, and taught high school French for four years. Her current studies revolve around internationalizing teacher education and STEM study abroad. She received her MA in Education at UCSB in Fall 2015 and is currently in the process of collecting dissertation data.

Hsiu-Zu Ho

Associate Dean, Professor of Education & Psychology
University of California
Goleta, CA

Hsiu-Zu Ho is Associate Dean of the systemwide University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) and is responsible for the academic integration, academic oversight, and faculty engagement (across the ten UC campuses). As Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara, her research focuses on international education and cross-cultural psychology. Ho was a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar research award and hosted by Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. Prior to her position at UCEAP, she served as Associate Dean of UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education focusing on international education and global outreach. She was past president of the American Education Research Association’s International Studies SIG. Born in Taiwan, Ho received her B.S. in mathematics from Purdue University, and Ph.D. in psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder.