Currently open to students enrolled in Fall and Spring semester BU Study Abroad Programs.
CAS IP 101 The Global Learning Experience
This course, delivered on Facebook, accompanies students throughout their study abroad experience, providing tools for identifying cultural differences, patterns and values. Its purpose is to guide students towards becoming a global citizen and understanding how to highlight what that means to future employers or graduate and professional schools.
The course examines diverse aspects of interacting with other cultures and other methods of learning. It challenges students to think critically about the host country and their own cultural identity, leading to a deeper understanding of their experience in the host culture. Students learn how to apply their valuable intercultural skills to their personal and professional life.
The entire course is taught online. Readings and assignments are designed to be brief and to lend meaning to the experience of living, studying or participating in an internship in a country and culture different from one’s own. The delivery of the course on Facebook allows students across programs to read each other’s postings and to share observations. In this way, the course builds an online community of shared experience across diverse countries.
This is a one-credit, Pass/Fail course offered in three parts corresponding to the time immediately prior to the student’s departure, continuing while students are abroad and finishing up shortly after the program end date. Students work on a self-paced basis.
Through this course you will:
- Establish personal and professional goals for your study abroad experience
- Become more effective when articulating the value of this experience to future employers, graduate or professional schools, and scholarship committees
- Develop an increased ability to describe your intercultural development and the application of intercultural skills in your personal and professional life.
Student Feedback – from recent semesters
“The best part of the course is how it forced me to go out and explore the city to find the nuances like the local art or food that made the culture so special.”
“The Global Learning Experience helped me to contextualize my experiences abroad and learn how to process my time in Spain in a way that will be useful for future employment, fellowships, and academic endeavors.”
“It forces you to really explore your environment and get out of your comfort zone. [It] gives you constant questions to think about while you travel.”
“The course was really interesting because it motivated me to record the progress of my feelings abroad over the course of the semester.”
Eligibility and Enrollment
The course is offered to students participating in BU Study Abroad programs in fall and spring semesters. Admitted students may sign up by submitting this form.
Unfortunately, due to the structure of the course, we cannot accommodate students in their final semester before graduation.
The Course Instructors
Celia Bianconi and Sue Griffin are faculty members in the Dept. of Romance Studies at Boston University.
Celia Bianconi, Senior Lecturer in Portuguese, Head of the Portuguese Language Program, Boston University
Sue Griffin, Senior Lecturer, Master Level, in Spanish, Former Head of Spanish Language Program, Boston University
AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?
The course is optional, but we encourage all eligible students to participate – we believe that this new and unique opportunity will help you to make the most of your experience.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE BOOKS OR READINGS?
No, all materials will be provided.
HOW MUCH DOES THE COURSE COST?
The course is included in the cost of the study abroad program – there is no additional fee for the course.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE COURSE?
Admitted students may sign up for the course by submitting this form. You will receive a ‘welcome’ email with detailed information about the course, and information about the closed Facebook group.
The course will be offered on a Pass/Fail basis. Students are expected to complete and submit all assignments on time to the satisfaction of the instructor.
HOW WILL THIS COURSE APPEAR ON MY TRANSCRIPT?
After completion of the semester, the course will appear on your official Boston University transcript as “CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience” at 1.0 credits. This credit will be in addition to the minimum number of credits required for your program.