IFA Scholarship: https://fundraising.worldstrides.com/international-financial-assistance-program/. Please note that applications are due 90 days prior to departure and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to REGISTERING ONLINE THROUGH WORLDSTRIDES (Trip ID TBD) and completing the Pre-Travel Study Abroad Information Form, students will need to read, sign and submit the following documents in order to be accepted to the program:
Apply to the college and obtain a Student ID (if you do not have one already)
Submit a completed and signed Add Card (It is okay to leave the course code blank if you do not know it)
Submit copy of passport (Or ID if you do not have one)
Dr. Diana Bajrami is a full time economics professor at College of Alameda. With more than 25 years of teaching experience in higher education, Dr. Bajrami has taught introductory economics courses to thousands of students. In addition to her focus on making economics interesting and relevant, she has been doing doctoral level research on how innovation in classroom can scale up equitable student success. Moreover, she is exploring collaborations with community partners and other organizations vested in student success in the United States and abroad. She was an Education Advisory Group Fellow (2018-2019) with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco working with other educators to share best practices and innovative technology on how to best teach economics. She has worked with different publishers and authors to review and revise different principles titles and student and faculty resources. She has been a pioneer in introducing technology into the classroom, and her current focus is on embracing innovative solutions that empower students and increase the diversity in the field of economics.
Economic globalization has been widespread and due to the technological advances has been increasing the economic independence of all countries worldwide. This fast spread exchange of consumer, capital goods, technology and financial capital has also impacted the political and cultural aspects of the world. Starting from the first chapter, courses such as principles of macro and microeconomics cover this economic independence in depth and provide comparative between different economics systems and efficiency and equity and the role of government in the economic life. Students are very interested in these concepts, but due to the lack of international exposure it is challenging for them to grasp the importance of these concepts into the daily living.
What is the difference between the role of the government in Germany and France versus the United States can be described in several hours of lecture/reading, or it can be felt walking on the streets of Frankfurt and Paris. Concepts such as “automatic stabilizers” and unemployment rates can be better explained by visiting these countries which have decided to focus on both equity and efficiency. Each additional concept such as Gross Domestic Product, inflation rate, the fiscal and monetary policy will be better understood within the context of a comparative analysis between the United States and Germany/France.
In addition, microeconomics issues such as consumer theory, production and costs, competition and the role of the government in the antitrust regulations will be better illustrated by these comparative studies. Visiting the Frankfurt and Paris and major companies and museums in Germany and France (such as Cite de Leconomie et da la Monnaie; The Paris Bourse; Geldmuseum; etc) will also provide different context on the role of the government in the economic life. Comparing the infrastructure and the public investments on education, health care and other pubic goods will also provide first-hand experience on the tradeoff between efficiency and equity.