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STUDY AWAY PROGRAMS
Faculty are invited to work with Global Learning staff to imagine and develop programs rich in educational opportunity as well as operational simplicity and safety. Faculty are expected to collaborate with Global Learning staff throughout the development process, which involves numerous meetings and communications.
The Exploration Seminar is a short faculty-led study away program (international or domestic) embedded in a semester-length course on campus. It can be used for various educational aims including those related to specific courses and those related to common norms for intercultural and global learning at Concordia College. The Exploration Seminar typically occurs for ten days during the spring midsemester recess. It most often takes students to multiple learning sites, but can also provide community-based learning involving limited travel and touring. Fall midsemester recess seminars less than ten days in length are currently offered as well.
In 2005, Global Education Committee altered the original student participation policy to include students outside the course in which the seminar is embedded. Consistent with the original design which seeks to encourage students to bring seminar experiences and learning back into the course, students who enroll in the course in which the seminar is embedded are eligible to participate without instructor consent and will be admitted to the seminar before students not enrolled in the course. However, to accommodate student interest and/or expertise outside the course, students who have taken the course in a previous semester, students in another section of the same course, or students not enrolled in the course may participate on a space-available basis with the consent of the instructor. If the instructor admits students outside the course, she or he will assign appropriate preparatory academic work to be completed as a condition for participation in the seminar. Students who fail to meet preparatory expectations, whether enrolled in the course or not, will not be allowed to travel on the seminar and may lose all or part of seminar tuition.
MAY SEMINAR ABROAD
The May Seminar Abroad is a 25-day, 4-credit, faculty-led, travel-study program that takes students to multiple learning sites to explore a topic or question through comparative inquiry and/or experiential perspective building. The program includes a required pre-departure course. This Pre-May Seminar course (2 or 4 credit) is taught during spring semester by the leader to prepare the group academically for the study abroad experience. The Pre-May Seminar may be a course specially designed to support the May Seminar Abroad. It may be a departmental course related to the topic of the seminar. This required pre-departure course includes meetings outside of class for group-building and travel-related preparation.
The Portal Seminar is a 30-day, 1-credit, faculty-led integrative learning program in May that fulfills a PEAK graduation requirement. Interdisciplinary faculty teams (two or more) lead and mentor student cohorts in collaborative inquiry into big questions (contemporary and enduring) through investigative projects. Learning occurs with the supports of annual immersion-excursion institutes in international and domestic contexts rich in integrative study potential. These arrangements seek to exercise good stewardship of human and material resources, limit risks to participants, and develop community partnerships, which provide access and interactions that move students from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations beyond the campus (AAC+U VALUE Rubric). A 300-level, pass-fail Integrative Study Away course housed in Global Studies provides a low-credit structure for experiential, discovery-oriented, and student-centered education at a common and all-inclusive fee ($6000).
SUMMER FIELD STUDY
The Summer Field Study is a 30-day or 35-day, 4-credit, faculty-led immersion program offered in May. Summer Field Study programs seek to enable small groups of students to travel together with a Concordia professor. Program content can include research activity, internships, community-based learning (service learning) and exploratory travel. Students earn credit through an existing Concordia course. Students are immersed in environments that inform the subject of the course. The course offerings for Summer Field Study programs vary in content and academic level. While offerings may have prerequisites, Summer Field Study does not include a required pre-departure course. For some programs, students may take more than 4 credits and are billed accordingly. Summer Field Study programs are generally designed for groups of less than ten students led by one faculty person.
SUMMER SCHOOL ABROAD
The Summer School Abroad is a 30-day, 4-credit, faculty-led immersion-excursion program offered in May. The program allows students to take Concordia summer school in a residential context outside the United States. Like credit-bearing experiences on campus, these courses involve significant classroom instruction. Students have instruction time equal to summer school on campus. Summer School Abroad differs from on-campus summer school by including cultural experiences such as excursions and homestays. Students are immersed in environments that inform the subject of the course. The course offerings for Summer School Abroad vary in content and academic level. While offerings may have prerequisites, Summer School Abroad does not include a required pre-departure course. For some programs, students may take more than 4 credits and are billed accordingly.