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International Studies

Experiential Requirement

As stated in the University Bulletin, all International Studies majors must include an international and/or cross-cultural experiential component in their program prior to graduation. This requirement can be satisfied through participation in an international study abroad program, internship, or immersion. It can also be satisfied by taking part in a service or work internship with an international organization located within the United States. The experience must be a minimum of four weeks. 

You must submit to the Director of the International Studies Program a proposal outlining how you will satisfy the experiential component. All students are encouraged to develop their proposals in consultation with their advisors and to submit innovative proposals tailored to their educational objectives consistent with the College of Arts and Sciences International Education Guidelines. All students who wish to fulfill this requirement by going abroad must also consult with the Coordinator of International Educational Programs, Heather Schieman, and are encouraged to utilize the resource materials of the Center for International Programs' Education Abroad Program, located in Alumni Hall, Room 213.

Your proposal must describe the goals you plan to fulfill through your experience and provide information on the means by which those goals will be achieved. Proposals should also incorporate answers to all questions on the experiential proposal form.

Proposals should be submitted to the International Studies Director as early as possible in the semester preceding the proposed experiential and no later than March 1st for the Summer and Fall terms or November 1st for the Spring term. Remember, a proposal must be submitted for all study abroad experiences.


International Studies Program

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1511