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
- 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 Citizenship Certificate (See reflection instructions below: International Reflection and Evaluation)
- Participate in an approved intensive International Experience abroad (see Criteria for the International Experience below) and take an approved Intercultural Communications Course (See Approved Intercultural Communication Courses below).
Criteria for the International Experience
- 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
For a non-FSU international experience, students must email IPemail@example.com with an explanation of how the sustained international experience meets the above criteria. The review period for a non-FSU (not affiliated with Florida State University) international experience is 2 weeks.
Approved Intercultural Communication Courses
- Courses that have a cross-culture theme. Students can view a list of these courses online here. OR courses that meet the diversity requirement that are labeled as cross-cultural studies [X] or diversity in Western experience [Y]. Students can search for these courses on the Liberal Studies website.
- If you would like to submit a course for approval that is not featured on any of these lists, please contact IPfirstname.lastname@example.org for information about course submissions.