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    International Experiences

    CGS conducts best practice research on international issues in graduate education that directly impact U.S. institutions, faculty, and graduate students. The projects below focus on the growing efforts of institutions to develop international collaborations and experiences that bring distinct benefits to all stakeholders and enhance the preparation of U.S.-trained students for successful global research and careers.


    Evaluating International Research Experiences for Graduate Students

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the North American Office of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) held a joint, one-day workshop on February 16, 2016, at the NSF in Arlington, VA, to discuss evaluation of international research experiences for graduate students. The workshop brought together 55 international participants to present the current state of knowledge on assessing international research experiences and formulate a set of recommendations for program administrators to use in evaluating the effectiveness of these activities.


    Modeling Effective Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations: A Learning Outcomes Approach

    The Council of Graduate Schools conducted a three-year grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on research ethics in international collaborations. The project brought together two areas of CGS best practice research, scholarly and research integrity and graduate international collaborations, with the goal of preparing graduate students to navigate the complex issues that arise in the context of international research. With funding through NSF’s Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program, CGS worked with members to meet the needs of students enrolled in science and engineering programs at U.S. institutions.


    Graduate International Collaborations Project

    CGS was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study international collaborations in graduate education, including joint- and dual-degrees and student and faculty exchange programs.


    CGS also conducts research on trends in international graduate applications, admissions, and enrollment through the International Graduate Admissions Survey. Click here for access to CGS reports and findings since 2007.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.