Seminar Program Information
Spring Break 2020 Study Abroad Programs: Making Spring Break Count
- Open Access: These programs are open to any U.S. college or university student with a 2.0 GPA or above in good academic and social standing at their home college or university campus. For many students, a semester, year, or even a summer study abroad program may not fit their schedule for academic, financial, or other personal reasons. Many campuses do not have programs providing students with the opportunity to study abroad during spring break. These programs have been developed to be open to any student at any U.S. college or university who have that spring break week available for study abroad.
- Thematic Focus: By creating an academic theme to support each of these programs, it will be clearer to students, faculty, and staff (and parents) how these learning opportunities will be relevant for student academic, professional, and personal learning and growth. Whether the subject area is part of a student’s major, minor or general education interest, the learning abroad is designed to enhance the knowledge of each participant in that country, region, and subject area.
- Program Sponsor: WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs has been operating programs in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom for many years. We have a permanent office in each location to ensure effective support of these spring break programs.
- Expertise of On-Site Faculty: Many of the faculty who will be providing lectures for these programs come from local universities, with expertise in the subject-matter area that is the focus of each of these programs.
- No Pre-Requisite Courses are Required: Readings will be provided to students prior to their departure to provide a relevant background to enhance the learning abroad. However, the learning abroad will be focused on the international context of the area of focus, which is intended to provide insights and knowledge about the academic area of focus of the program.
- Credit for these Programs: Integrating Learning to Existing Home Campus Coursework: To reduce costs to students and enable students from a broad range of colleges and universities to participate, we have designed these programs so that they would be relevant for a student to integrate into the learning they are doing at any U.S. college or university. For instance, if a student enrolls in the program in Costa Rica with a focus on Environmental Studies, they can find ways to integrate the learning into an environmental studies course, other science course, or global studies course on their campus by meeting with their faculty to confirm how it could be counted as regular credit or extra credit in support of the coursework required by that instructor. Whether students are new to that academic area or are an upper division student with that area of focus, important learning will be available based on the local context of the curricular area of focus. Although upper division students may have a stronger general background in the subject area, they will be learning about the subject from the perspective of the region and country of the program they will be participating in.
- Home Campus Pre-Departure Advisement: From the Study Abroad Office to the Academic Departments: We will be providing a pre-departure home campus advisement form that students can use to confirm how the study abroad program learning can be integrated into their home campus spring semester 2020 courses.
- Home Campus Financial Aid: We suggest that students meet with staff in their home campus study abroad office and financial aid office to confirm whether they will have access to home campus financial aid to support participation in one of these programs. Once students are able to receive confirmation that the study abroad program will count towards one or more courses they are taking during spring 2020, they can meet with staff in the financial aid office on their campus to confirm whether additional grants, scholarships, or loans may be made available to support the costs of program participation.