An effective international experience is defined as participation in an FSU-approved intensive international experience of at least one week abroad in which students collaborate effectively with people from cultures different than their own.
Through the International Experience, students will demonstrate the ability to:
- Convey attitudes of respect, openness, curiosity and discovery towards a culture different from their own;
- Identify and interpret cultural differences;
- Adjust their behavior and/or language, based on intercultural situations;
- Collaborate effectively with people from cultures different from their own; and
- Recognize that their worldview is not universal.
To meet the criteria of the International Experience, students may choose 1 of the 2 learning activities:
- Complete the Global Pathways Certificate or the Global Pathways Specialized Study (with the International Sustained Experience option) (*See additional instructions below)
- Complete an Intensive International Experience Abroad, which consists of the following:
- Participate in an FSU-approved intensive international experience abroad of at least one week (See Criteria Listed Below);
- Take one of the courses below:
- INR 3931/3932 Theory and Practice for Global Engagement (before your experience), OR
- INR 3931/3932 Applied Global Experience (after your experience), OR
- INR 3932 (Special Topics) Global Perspectives (before or after your experience)
- COM 2412 Culture, Identity and Communication in Context (before or after your experience) OR
- Another approved course (See Criteria Listed Below); and
- Respond to the reflection prompts regarding the International Experience.
Supporting Courses: Students will upload academic courses from their official university transcript that relate to their international plan.
- At least one week abroad
- Immersion in the target culture, as characterized by strategic daily interactions with the host culture that focuses on one of the following: cultural, educational, service activities
Provide opportunities to:
- Engage in an intercultural experience
- Adjust behavior, views and perceptions (intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically, etc.)
- Collaborate with people whose culture/customs, ethnicity, attitudes, opinions, and ideas that are different from their own
- Speak the local language and other ways to adapt communication
- Acquire/gain specific skills, knowledge or abilities
- 1-3 credit
- S/U or letter graded: a C- or S is required
Student Learning Objectives for the course include:
- Describe at least one culture beyond their own and describe how their worldview isn't universal
- Explain their own cultural identity and describe their culture to people from cultures different than their own
- Interpret cultural similarities, differences and their interrelatedness
- Demonstrate effective intercultural communication by collaborating with others whose culture is different from their own and reflecting upon the experience
The review period for an intercultural communication course is 2 weeks. Students will submit the course syllabus to IPemail@example.com with an explanation of how the course meets the above criteria. Students should submit the course for review and receive approval PRIOR to submitting their international area reflection.
International Reflection and Evaluation
Utilizing the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society web portal, students will respond to the following reflection prompts relating to their international experiences. These responses will be evaluated as part of the process of completion of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society Program. Students should have their responses reviewed and, if appropriate, edited prior to submission.
* If a student is completing the Global Pathways program option, they will reflect on their experiences through the program's Blackboard page and are not required to submit responses to the prompts below. Garnet and Gold Scholar students are still required to select the Global Pathways option on the International tab in the online portal system by the reflection deadline.
International Reflection Prompts
Please provide specific examples and answer all of the prompts below using 200-250 words for each response.
Describe how you put yourself in situations so that you were able to experience a cultural exchange. Provide one example of an in-depth discussion you had with a member of another culture in which you learned and developed new understanding about that culture.
Explain how you built a collaborative relationship sustained over time with people whose culture/customs, ethnicity, attitudes, values, opinions, and ideas that were different from your own. How did this engagement experience affect your perception of such cultural differences and how do you think you affected their perception of your culture?
Think about the new things you learned about a culture other than your own be it something you saw or a person you met. Explain one new discovery you made about that culture. Explain how your own cultural history shaped this interaction.
Explain how you adjusted your behavior, your views and perceptions (intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically, etc.).