You must get academic advising before you go overseas to ensure that you understand how these courses will apply to your specific degree requirements.
You must fulfill two types of requirements to get a degree:
Advising is NOT course approval. Advising directs your course of study before you register for classes. Professors suggest possible transfer equivalencies before departure. Course fulfillment decisions happen after you have taken the courses and faculty see an official transcript (and supporting materials).
Faculty may approve equivalencies for credits earned on an exchange, direct enrollment, or study abroad...after you return.
The Registrar's Office ultimately awards transfer credits. Before you see your advisor, do the following steps. (*When you are enrolled in GS 251, you will meet with your major advisor and fill out advising forms.)
Students can take GS250 (Exploring Study Abroad) any semester before studying abroad. It is designed to help students investigate the numerous destinations and programs available and how these programs fit within the Fort Lewis College curriculum and credit transferability guidelines.
General Studies 251 (GS251: International Studies) is required for students who intend to study abroad through the International Programs Office. You must have your instructor’s permission to sign up for the course. This course is taken the semester directly before studying abroad. For example, if you plan to study abroad in Summer 2024 or Fall 2024, you must take GS251 in Spring 2024.
You will also prepare for departure by applying for student visas, learning to stay healthy while abroad, and preparing for credits taken abroad to transfer back to FLC.
To obtain instructor permission, please email your answers to the following questions to StudyAbroad@fortlewis.edu
FLC International Programs Office (IPO) & Credit Transfer Process:
Course Selection & Transfer Credit:
Credit Approval & Equivalence:
Official Transcripts & Course Recognition:
Registration & Course Status:
Transcript Deadlines & Incompletes:
Documentation & Equivalence:
Course Level & Grade Translation:
Do you have the prerequisites completed that will make this experience successful? There's no sense in taking courses in a foreign country if you don't understand the basic concepts they refer to. Most international universities do not offer lower-level courses to get you up to speed. They expect you to have this academic background in core classes BEFORE you get there. The appropriate introductory courses at FLC will prepare you for the more advanced courses abroad. Read course descriptions carefully and plan your semesters at FLC before departure carefully.
Are you aware that all academic systems and teaching methodologies are not alike? Generally, students in Europe and elsewhere are expected to be much more independent and actively involved in their learning process and education than in the U.S. The bulk of the learning is expected to happen "outside" the classroom through reading, research, and writing - and this does not necessarily work that is assigned, collected, or graded.
The class lectures are designed to allow you to explore the subject independently. Some of the mechanisms Americans use that "make" students do the work (i.e., required class attendance, quizzes, daily homework assignments). The professor or faculty member is not expected to make you learn.
The assumption is that you are there by free choice and will do whatever is necessary to learn the information. Lectures are merely the "framework" essential to explore the subject further. Your semester or year grade may be based entirely on one comprehensive exam with oral and written components or one final paper. Are you ready for this?
Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Fort Lewis College may be considered enrollment at the College to apply for Federal Title IV, HEA (Financial Aid) program.
If your program lasts more than 90 days, usually student visa is required. Visa procedures vary depending on countries, check with consulate/embassy. Some countries, such as Spain and France require students to submit their visa application in person in LA consulate. More and more countries started requiring FBI background check. It will take a month or more to require FBI background check, so make sure to check all your requirements and procedures carefully and plan ahead.
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Note: Some programs require at least one year of language before they will accept you into BEGINNING classes. Usually, semester long intensive language courses meet 4 hours per day, 5 days a week (20 hours). Some may offer academic classes in English at the same time; others may allow you to take courses from the regular curriculum. Check individual programs for details.
If you are a senior during your planned term(s) abroad, there are a few obstacles you must clear before you sign into GS251.
You must be prepared to have graduation postponed for at least one term because many study abroad programs are not over by FLC graduation deadlines.
If you are completing final credits abroad, you will need to make sure all grades are posted before your final graduation check by the Record's Office. The general advice is if you have all of your major department requirements COMPLETED by your senior year, and you are going abroad for elective credits only, you will probably be granted approval - but this is entirely up to your advisor, department chair, and/or Records Office (not the IPO).
Check with your advisor and the Record's Office PRIOR to departure regarding petitions to graduate, grad checks, and exception to graduation applications.
If your graduation is dependent upon taking one or a few specific courses while abroad, you are taking a big chance. Course schedules are usually not available in advance and you may not know what courses are being offered until you are there. Certain FLC courses, i.e. Senior Seminars, are seldom available anywhere else and equivalencies are not normally accepted. Check with individual departments and faculty before you count on fulfilling your last credits abroad. The IPO does not make this decision or advice on this issue. It is up to each student to have this discussion with their department advisor prior to enrolling in GS251 or going abroad their senior year.
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Scott MillerSEVIS OfficerInternational Student AdvisorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 970-986-6898
Yuriko MillerStudy Abroad AdvisorEmail: email@example.comPhone: 970-986-6922