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Intercultural Requirement

Intercultural Experience Requirement

Global (International) Studies requires a significant intercultural experience (minimum 10-weeks) to fulfill the major requirements. This requirement is a core component of our program. The experiential learning requirement is most often fulfilled by study abroad or an internship abroad, chosen from the extensive opportunities available through the Global Education Oregon (GEO) program. Students may also fulfill this requirement through pre-approved, well-formulated domestic (US, Oregon, and/or Eugene) experiences. Please consult with your faculty advisor to tailor your plans for your personal academic and professional aims.

Approved field experiences for the Global Health Minor may count toward the intercultural experience requirement, but do not automatically fulfill it. The time commitment for the International Studies requirement is different from that of the Global Health Minor. Please reach out to an advisor or the Undergraduate Support Team at ociasundergrad@uoregon.edu if you have questions!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I find information about study abroad opportunities?

The GEO Study Abroad Office is located in 330 Oregon Hall or online. They can provide you with detailed information about available programs in various regions, as well as scholarship opportunities.

How can I apply my study abroad credits to my Global (International) Studies major?

If you know the subject code for your study abroad courses, please use the Registrar’s course equivalency tool to determine how the course can transfer to the UO. If you have the syllabi for your study abroad coursework, contact a Global Connections advisor to discuss how the course will fit into your GLBL Major.

Do I have to complete my intercultural experience in my geographic focus area?

Although we encourage students to travel to their geographic region of focus (Block C), you are not limited to this region. Students are able to complete their intercultural experience in other regions in pursuit of credits for their language proficiency and/or professional concentration area. If you have specific questions or concerns please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Do I have to complete the 10-week requirement during one trip?

No. Students are able to complete separate intercultural experiences in order to achieve the 10-week minimum requirement. For example a 3-week summer program in Mexico, followed by a 7-week internship in Spain the next winter.

Am I limited to finding a study abroad program as my only overseas option?

No. We invite students to participate in any supervised intercultural experience of their choice. This includes internship and volunteer opportunities.

Can I get academic credit for my internship/volunteer experience abroad?

Yes. One of the easiest ways to receive academic credit for an intercultural internship is to go through the GEO Study Abroad Office.

However, you can also find an internship on your own. Prior to completing your internship or volunteer experience abroad, you should consult your Faculty Advisor and complete an Internship Application and Contract.

Upon completion of your internship, you must submit one copy of an internship report (explained below) to your internship faculty advisor and the INTL Undergraduate Support Team (ociasundergrad@uoregon.edu), as well as a letter of confirmation and evaluation from the organization with which you did the internship. Finally, you will need to register for individual study credits with your internship faculty advisor, of which 4 credits can be applied to your Block B and 4 to your Block C. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisors with specifics on registration.

What if I don’t need/want to receive academic credit for my international internship/volunteer experience?

That is completely fine. In order to fulfill your 10-week intercultural experience requirement, you must compose a report of your internship/volunteer experience and submit it to the GLBL Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Support Team (ociasundergrad@uoregon.edu).

The internship report (15-­‐20 pages) must contain the following information:

  • A description of the organization, its mission statement, and the clientele it serves
  • A description of your specific duties and the clientele you served, including what you actually did on the internship (hours, details of work, etc.)
  • How being an GLBL major prepared you for this work, and how any GLBL or UO courses helped in preparation for the experience
  • Reflections on the experience regarding what you learned from this internship and how you anticipate this internship will contribute to your future goals and future career

In addition, a letter of confirmation and evaluation from the organization with which you did the internship should be included, so we know you were where you said you were.

Are there resources or scholarships to help me cover my costs for going abroad?

Yes! We offer departmental scholarships exclusive to GLBL majors who are preparing to complete their overseas experience. Several other scholarship opportunities are available through the College of Arts and Science and the GEO Study Abroad Office. Students have also been successful in receiving financial support when asking their other major or minor departments.

 


Confirming your Intercultural Experience on your Degree Guide:

For experiences that have been pre-approved by the Global Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies for the GLBL Major’s Intercultural Experience requirement, in order for students to have their experience counted on their degree guide, they must do the following:

  1. Complete the experience and either: a) earn credit (and have that credit reflected on your transcript) and, or b) complete the necessary Internship Report.
  1. Once the experience is completed, set an appointment with a Global Connections Advisor.
    • The Global Connections Advisor will fill out the survey form necessary for department review.
  1. After grades for each term have been submitted, the Undergraduate Coordinator will review all submitted experiences and provide the necessary information to the Registrar so the experience can be recorded on the student’s Degree Guide.

Once a student has notified a Global Connections Advisor of their completion of the experience, they should not expect to see the experience show up on their Degree Guide until the following term.

 


Intercultural Experiences During COVID-19 Restrictions:

Are you an GLBL/INTL Major seeking to fulfill your Intercultural Experience requirement during COVID-19 restrictions? Here are some options for you!

Option #1 – Summer 2020 Global Cultures Courses

The following courses were offered Summer 2020, during zero-week (June 15 – 21, 2020):

  • INTL 410: Global Cultures I: Experiential Learning
    • CRN 43655 | 2 credits | Zero Week (6/15-6/21)
    • Instructor: Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver
  • INTL 410: Global Cultures II: Project-Based Learning
    • CRN 43653 | 2 credits | Zero Week (6/15-6/21)
    • Instructor: Dr. Kristin Yarris

Successfully completing both courses met the Intercultural Experience requirement for the departmental major.

Students who had only completed a portion of their Intercultural Experience requirement (some but not all of the 10-week requirement) were able to take “Global Cultures II: Project-Based Learning” and use the credits to fulfill the remainder of their Intercultural Experience requirement.

Students anticipating being able to complete their Intercultural Experience requirement abroad prior to graduation were able to take “Global Cultures I: Experiential Learning” and use the course as a supplement to help them prepare for their up-coming experience.

Option #2 – Summer 2020 Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice of Bolivia – #NoPassportNeeded

  • This is another Summer 2020 opportunity that will satisfy the Intercultural Experience requirement!
  • Learn from the indigenous peoples of Bolivia and look at a range of lenses through which indigenous peoples and others view the environment.

Option #3 – Spring and Summer 2021 Global Cultures Courses

  • Spring 2021: “GLBL 410 – Global Cultures: Experiential & Project Based Learning”
    • Instructor: Dr. Kristin Yarris
  • Summer 2021: “GLBL 410 – Global Cultures: Experiential & Project Based Learning”
    • Instructor: Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver

This unique course is designed to engage students in themes and lessons that they might otherwise obtain through more traditional study, internship, or work abroad experiences. The course is structured around a series of individual and group activities. Students will choose their own geographic and topical areas and work with a small group of their peers on a final project, which will examine a wide range of topics including (but not limited to): the role of NGOs in community health and development; policy analysis related to global development and human capacities; media, communications, and public life; food, ritual, and healing systems. Activities will guide students through various aspects of their project, with a final product to be developed using a student-selected modality (e.g. traditional research paper, policy brief, social media account, blog, etc.).

  • These courses will be 4-credit courses and will fulfill the following requirements:
    • Global/International Studies major Intercultural Experience Requirement*
    • Global Health minor Fieldwork Experience Requirement
  • This course will be open to the following students**:
    • Junior & Senior-level Global/International Studies majors
    • Junior & Senior-level Global Health minors

*Courses may be eligible to fulfill other GLBL/INTL major requirements (Block B or C electives), but cannot count for both these requirements and the major Intercultural Experience requirement. Please reach out to Global Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jo Weaver (ljweaver@uoregon.edu), if you have questions.

**Instructor approval required for enrollment for any student that does not fall into these categories.

Option #4 – GlobalWorks Virtual Internships – Academic Year 20-21 #NoVisaNeeded

GlobalWorks is offering #NoVisaNeeded Virtual Internships during the 20-21 Academic Year. See their website for more details, and to apply.

  • Application Deadlines
    • Fall 2020: August 12
    • Winter 2021: October 15
    • Spring 2021: December 15
    • Summer 2021: January 15
  • Start dates
    • Fall 2020: Mid/late October
    • Winter 2021: Mid/late January
    • Spring 2021: Mid/late April
    • Summer 2021: Late June
  • Program length
    • 8 weeks*
  • Working hours
    • 20-40 hours/week

*For AY20-21, the Department of Global Studies is allowing students to use this 8-week experience to satisfy their Intercultural Experience requirement for the major.

Option #5 – Other #NoPassportNeeded Experiences

Steps to confirm your #NoPassportNeeded experience can count towards your Intercultural Experience requirement:

  1. Visit Global Education Oregon’s website for other #NoPassportNeeded Enrollment Options, find an opportunity that aligns with your studies as an International/Global Studies major.
  2. As is standard for international experiences that satisfy the Intercultural Experience Requirement, these experiences should equate to a full-time 10 week experience (roughly 40 hours per week x 10 weeks = 400 hours).
  3. Meet with a Global Connections Advisor to discuss how this opportunity fits in with your goals as an International/Global Studies major.
  4. Work with Global Connections Advisor to submit a proposal for having this opportunity count towards your Intercultural Experience requirement.
  5. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will review and confirm if your proposed #NoPassportNeeded experience can count towards your Intercultural Experience requirement (pending a passing grade, of course).

Additional options – Require case-by-case Director of Undergraduate Study approval

  • Individualized Study Registration required, with credits overseen by faculty supervisor. Can be completed any term.
    • GLBL 401 – Research
    • GLBL 403 – Thesis
    • GLBL 405 – Reading
    • GLBL 406 – Field Studies
    • GLBL 409 – Practicum
  • These experience proposals can include remote internships or local/domestic experiences.
    • As is standard for international experiences that satisfy the Intercultural Experience Requirement, these experiences should equate to a full-time 10 week experience (roughly 40 hours per week x 10 weeks = 400 hours).
  • Reach out to ociasundergrad@uoregon.edu for information on Individualized Study Course registration and to connect with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss your proposal ideas.

Other ideas – Require case-by-case Director of Undergraduate Study approval

  • Students may submit proposals for other courses/opportunities to count – those will also be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • For example, if you want to participate in an intensive language study, you might consider putting together a proposal for that experience to count towards your Intercultural Experience requirement.
  • Reach out to ociasundergrad@uoregon.edu for information about connecting with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss your proposal ideas.