There is a lot happening in the world of distance learning these days. This summer, USAC launched our Global Perspectives program featuring two key areas of distance learning: online courses and virtual internships, and those programs are being extended for Fall 2020 and beyond! While we believe that every student can benefit from these digital opportunities, you might be wondering how Global Perspectives can fit into your academic and professional goals. We hear you. That’s why we’ve created some common student scenarios to help you find your way. The good news is that there is something for everyone!
Scenario 1: The Language Learner
Sara is a French-language major who wants to study abroad in France. Instead of waiting until her arrival abroad to start practicing the language, she decides to get a jump start on her language credits from home. Through USAC’s Intensive Language Learning and Culture Pathway, Sara can earn between 12 and 15 credits in language conversation and culture from our French best instructors around the globe. By earning up to a full year of language credits through online courses, Sara will be prepared to take her language learning to the next level when she does study abroad.
Scenario 2: The Health Major
Sam is a junior health sciences major who wants to gain a comparative perspective on health. Studying abroad in multiple countries isn’t feasible without delaying graduation, but through USAC’s online global perspective program he can take a variety of courses in health from faculty in Ghana, India, Thailand, and Costa Rica – gaining the multi-cultural perspective he’s always wanted. Even better – his home university allows him to apply the credit towards his major to stay on track for graduation.
Scenario 3: The Freshman
Casey is a freshman who hasn’t declared a major, yet. He understands the importance of having a global perspective in today’s world and can’t wait to study abroad. Before Casey can study abroad, he wants to take online courses to earn some language credits and introduce himself to different cultures around the world. The First-year/Gap-year Pathway allows Casey to build upon his high school-level Spanish education while taking additional 200-level courses in a variety of fields to earn general education credits and decide on a major. This option is also a great choice for high school graduates who are taking a gap year before college.
Scenario 4: The Mix & Matcher
Lisa is interested in international business, but her university course offerings don’t provide her with enough options to get the focus she wants for her degree. Her home university is also online, so Lisa requests to take International Business Management and International Marketing with USAC and additional courses with her home university to supplement her international education. Her home university approves this package and allows Lisa to use the credit towards fulfilling her graduation requirements. Even better, Lisa can use the returning student discount towards a future semester abroad.
Scenario 5: The Lifelong Learner
Tom has been out of school for a while and succeeding in the health industry. He’s looking to make himself more marketable and expand his skillset in global health. He decides to explore USAC’s online health and wellness courses which offer classes in Global Health, Mental Health Across Cultures, Nutrition Across the Lifespan and more to enhance his resume and expand his professional offerings.
Scenario 1: The Internship/Courses Combo
Ashley attends community college but decided to take the fall semester off to develop her skills and work on some course credits. She knows that an international internship would set her apart from her peers. Through USAC’s online programs, Ashley is able to participate in a virtual internship related to marketing while taking an online course in international marketing – both through USAC’s Global Perspectives Program. The skills she gains will look great on her resume, work towards her academic credit load, and provide a network of international connections in marketing.
Scenario 2: The Convenience Seeker
Tommy is a graphic design major and USAC alumni who is taking online courses through his home university and freelancing as a way to earn an income while going to school. Tommy’s professional goal is to work for an advertising agency after graduation, and although his study abroad program didn’t offer onsite internships at the time, he knows that professional experience in an international office will boost his resume and teach him valuable skills. Tommy applies for a virtual internship, which conveniently allows him to intern and take courses during the week, while giving him the flexibility and independence to continue freelancing on the weekends.
Scenario 3: The Almost Graduate
Kevin is going into his senior year and can’t wait to graduate. However, Kevin switched majors late in his academic career and still needs to complete an internship in order to complete his degree. Studying abroad would delay Kevin’s graduation, but a virtual internship allows him the flexibility to earn credit and gain valuable work experience from home. Kevin knows that an international internship will teach him new perspectives and cross-cultural communication skills that will be valuable throughout his career in social services, and he can stay on track to completing his degree.
Scenario 4: The Networker
Dominique is a sophomore majoring in Italian. Her goal is to become a translator for an international organization or non-profit, and she understands the importance of building strong professional connections while growing her resume. In order to build her professional network and expand on her skills, she applies for a virtual internship in the field of translation, where she is placed with an organization in Italy. Dominique spends a portion of the semester creating bonds with the people she works with and is invited to return to the organization after graduation to continue working with them.
Don’t fit into one of these scenarios? That’s okay! Our distance learning digital offerings were designed with total customization in mind to help you get exactly what you need from your international education. Many Global Perspectives opportunities are open to all applicants, including university students, USAC alumni, freshman and gap-year students, and college grads. To customize your perfect semester, visit the Global Perspectives Program page on the USAC website.