Through a creative online format, IFSA-Butler's new Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in communities in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures.
The unique global cohort structure places you in an online learning group with students studying in IFSA-Butler locations in other parts of the world. So, you'll not only have the opportunity to compare and contrast your values, attitudes, beliefs and traditions with those of your host culture, but you'll join your group members in a discussion of their experiences. You'll learn from one another and enjoy a rich and diverse educational environment during your semester study abroad experiences with IFSA-Butler.
Critical intercultural skills
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context covers intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This is the ideal course for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace. Completing this course will demonstrate to employers and college advisors that you went beyond the typical study abroad endeavor and intentionally reflected on the study abroad experience itself, gaining valuable cross-cultural skills along the way.
Format and instructor
The asynchronous course format allows you to take part in online discussions, post responses, review peer contributions, submit your assignments, read materials and watch instructor videos at the time of day (or night) that suits your personal schedule best. The course instructor, Dr. Deirdre Mendez, a renowned expert in intercultural learning and developer or the Cultural Analysis Toolkit, will guide and challenge you and your global cohort members in a truly dynamic and collaborative learning experience throughout your time abroad.
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context is valued at 3 U.S. semester credit hours and may be taken in place of one of your host university courses, as long as you carry a minimum course load of 12 credits at your host university. The approval of your home institution for enrollment and credit transfer is required.
Online course locations
The following IFSA-Butler program locations offer the Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context online course option:
- Australia (excluding Engage programs)
- Chilean Universities Program, Santiago
- Costa Rica
- England (excluding London universities)
- Mendoza Universities Program, Argentina
- New Zealand