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January 25, 2011

Penn Dental Medicine Welcomes International Exchange Students

Exchange students from the University of Ghana with Dr. Robert Collins, Director of International Programs, center, and Dr. Joan Gluch, Associate Dean for Academic Policies, second from left.

Exchange students from the University of Ghana with Dr. Robert Collins, Director of International Programs, center, and Dr. Joan Gluch, Associate Dean for Academic Policies, second from left.

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine welcomed predoctoral dental students from the University of Ghana and Yonsei University in Korea during the month of January as part of the School’s international exchange program.

Coordinated through the School’s Office of International Relations, international students spend two to four weeks at Penn Dental Medicine as part of the School’s exchange program, attending selected classes and observing in various clinical settings. Visiting students also attend weekly group meetings to review progress and discuss suggestions to improve their experience.

On average, Penn Dental Medicine hosts dental students from approximately 12 different international schools each academic year. Additional students scheduled to visit the School this winter included students from Kaosiung Medical University in Taiwan from January 24 through February 11, students from Universitat Witten/Herdecke in Germany from February 14 to March 11, and students from Taiwan’s Chung Shan University t from February 28 to March 25. The School has exchange agreements with nearly 40 schools around the world – institutions where Penn Dental Medicine students are also able to complete international externships.

“The goal of our exchange programs – both for our students going overseas as well as international students coming to Penn Dental — is to produce future leaders in oral health who are prepared to interact globally,” says Dr. Robert Collins, Director of International Relations. “It is a great learning opportunity for everyone.”

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