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A growing number of East Carolina University undergraduates are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university's Global Understanding program uses relatively unsophisticated technology — a low-bandwidth video link and e-mail chat — to connect East Carolina students with counterparts at 23 institutions in 17 countries. Each participating class is linked with partners at several foreign universities, exposing students to multiple points of view. The low-cost, low-tech approach has allowed the university to build relationships with foreign institutions even at a time of tighter travel budgets.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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