Introduction

UNIV 392 is directly linked with the university mission as it provides students with international perspectives by studying in a foreign country under the leadership of a CI faculty. It is also a valuable way for students to earn academic credit for an international experience. Students will be required to travel to and spend time in a foreign country and be engaged in a faculty approved plan of study. An international experience enables students to develop an appreciation of different cultures and gain a better awareness of diverse cultural contributions, in a variety of areas. By being immersed in a foreign culture and language, students will be active participants in the learning experience, and will be able to enhance their intellectual and emotional development. Students who successfully complete this experience will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a particular culture
  • Where appropriate, demonstrate increased facility in speaking, reading or writing a foreign language
  • Evaluate the contributions of diverse cultures
  • Have a global context in which to learn, communicate and succeed in the world today
  • Promote and participate in international education activities on campus at CI.

Requisites

Before a course proposal is considered for CIA’s approval, the following requisites must be met:

  • The faculty member is tenured or tenure-track or a lecturer with a 3-year contract.
  • The faculty member must have direct personal experience in the proposed country.
  • The faculty member must be familiar with the host culture and must have a level of language proficiency good enough to be able to manage emergency situations successfully (if not, the faculty must provide a plan to compensate for this lack of linguistic proficiency, e.g. taking another accompanying adult who knows the language, having a local tour guide all the time with the group, etc.)

Approval process

  • The sponsoring faculty member completes and submits an online UNIV 392 Application Form.The form must be submitted at least nine months in advance of the planned departure date.
  • After you submit your proposal, your course will automatically be sent to your Chair for approval.
  • The Center for International Affairs Advisory Committee will then review it using the UNIV 392 evaluation rubric. Based on a scale from 0 to 2, your proposal will have to receive an average of one point or more in all items. Each official member of the CIA Advisory Committee will independently use this rubric to assess each UNIV 392 proposal. Then, averages will be calculated for each item.
    • If the average punctuation for any of the items falls under 1 point, the course will not be approved at that time. Feedback will be provided to the lead instructor about the areas that need revision and a deadline will be set. A second review will be provided to the course. In this second round, if the average punctuation for any of the items falls under 1 point, the course will not be approved and no further action will be taken, with the exception of providing feedback to the lead instructor for future reference.
    • If all the items obtain an average of one point or more, the course proposal will be submitted to the following levels of review: AVP, AVP for Extended Education (if the course is offered during the summer session), the Provost, and the President. The course is not officially approved until signed by the President.
    • Note about repeat courses: Repeat courses will be evaluated following the same rubric. However, other information will be taken into account, such as student evaluations and comments from the time this course was last taught.

Expectations and Responsibilities

Faculty

  1. Submission of application.
  2. No agreements, scheduling or advertising of program can be done until full approval is gained.
  3. Compensation and expenses for faculty members are limited to what is agreed upon in the faculty contract.
  4. Faculty must not collect any monies directly from students. All fees from students must be collected by the University Cashier.
  5. Provide at least one orientation session that includes information on the security of the country per State Department current reports.
  6. Faculty members must provide information on where and how they can be contacted by the students 24 hours per day in the case of an emergency.
  7. The faculty sponsor is responsible for the safety and welfare of each of the student members, and should know the status and whereabouts of each member at all times. Deviation from established itinerary by individual students should be documented in writing.
  8. Evaluate and assess the UNIV 392 program per University and Center for International Affairs policy.

Students

  1. Must adhere to University standards of conduct and be a good representative of the University abroad.
  2. Must inform the faculty member of any plans deviating from the itinerary.
  3. Must inform the faculty member of any illness.
  4. Must advise the faculty member of any inappropriate or illegal conduct.
  5. Must pay fees prior to the due date established by the faculty director.

Administration

  1. Process UNIV 392 application in a timely manner.
  2. Facilitate travel arrangements per CSU and CI policy and procedures.
  3. Collect student fees.
  4. Contract with and compensate faculty members as agreed upon.
  5. Provide overall guidance and support.