Being Culturally Competent: Seminar on Immigration and Inclusion in Europe
Learn More At:
CHS Study Abroad Fair: Oct 4th from 10:30 - 1:30 in 1009 LeBaron Hall
HDFS / SOE Study Abroad Info Night: Nov 7th at 5:30 PM in 1520 Lagomarcino Hall
The purpose of the seminar is to help students develop cultural competence. Intercultural and global competence can be developed through various approaches that allow learning about people and cultures different from the student's own. One of the most effective ways to do this is to travel to different countries and situate students in cultures and settings different to them that can provide new and rich contexts to learn cultural competence. You will develop a better understanding of immigration, refugees, and inclusion and improve your intercultural and global competence through visits to schools and government agencies in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium. Throughout this course, social media will also play an important role in developing an understanding of different cultures and learning to empathize.
By the end of the program, you will:
1. Show general awareness of issues of immigration and inclusions.
2. Show general awareness of challenges faced by refugees and migrants coming to Europe.
3. Express a basic sense of empathy for people and culture different from their own.
4. Be able to think of actions they can take to resolve similar issues through their own work in the US or elsewhere
During the spring semester, you will be enrolled in C I 275X (1 credit), the required ISU pre-departure orientation course for this study abroad program. Then during the summer, you will be enrolled in C I 475X or C I 575X (for graduate students) (3 credits), the required ISU class for the travel component of this study abroad program.
2018 Program Highlights
Round-trip travel to Europe, from May 7th to May 25th
Travel to several different European cities including: Amsterdam, The Hague, and Maastricht in the Netherlands, Aachen in Germany, Paris in France, and the Brussels in Belgium
Visit local educational institutions and meet with local politicians to have a better understanding of immigration and refugees in the various cities and countries
Participate in group tours in the different cities to learn more about the history and cultures
Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants must meet the following requirements:
At least 18 years of age
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students, and 3.0 for graduate students
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
100 Word personal biography
500 world essay on "How can you be a valuable participants to Netherlands on issues of immigration and inclusion?"
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance
This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs. Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary. However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.
If you are a first time traveler in CHS you can find information here about CHS's Passport Reimbursement program.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:
The application deadline for the program is December 1, 2017. You will be notified by December 15 if you have been accepted to participate. You will have a week and a half to decide if you will commit to the program, a specific commitment date will be in your acceptance letter. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.
Contact and Additional Information
Questions about the program and academics should be directed to Program Director Rohit Mehta, firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at email@example.com or in 131 MacKay Hall.