Robert F. Orlikoff
East Carolina University, Greenville – North Carolina (USA)
South-West University “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria)
Abstract. Several collaborative projects between South-West University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, and 8 universities in the USA have worked well to improve the overall competence of students in speech-language pathology programs and practicing clinicians to better meet the needs of individuals with fluency and voice disorders. The US Fulbright Senior Specialist and EU Erasmus+ exchange programs serve as effective instruments that provide systemic and long-term impact supporting innovation and fostering contemporary teaching methods. These international projects prepare students and faculty succeed in a global, multicultural society, and in doing so, advance speech-language pathology as an evidence-based allied health science discipline.
Keywords: speech-language pathology; internationalization; higher education; Erasmus, Fulbright