Student Exchange

STUDENT EXCHANGE is an offering made possible through strategic alliances with our extended family of partner institutions abroad. Exchange programs operate within specific terms of agreement which enable students to provide the usual tuition and fees to their home institutions, while studying, teaching, or pursuing scholarship in a partner institution in another region of the world. Claflin student participants are expected to meet their academic goals while advancing their personal skills through intercultural engagement. 

Benefits of Student Exchange

 

Student Exchange Benefits

  • Expansion and extension of student networks.
  • Expansion of post-graduate options to include a global network of higher educational institutions.
  • Increased market competitiveness.
  • Expansion of possible scholarly collaborations.
  • Opportunity to learn about topics, which concern specific regions.
  • Opportunity to participate in cross-cultural fieldwork; opportunity to author/co-author cross-cultural studies.
  • Opportunity to present on topics or research findings before audiences differently diverse than ones national, cultural, or pedagogical origins. 

Student Skills

  • Interpersonal nimbleness 
  • Coping skills 
  • Cross-cultural communication skills 
  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Open-mindedness
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Organization and time management skills
  • Personal initiative 
  • Leadership skills
  • Increased perspective
  • Innovative
  • Reduced risk taking aversion
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Self-reliance and responsibility

PLANNING

  • Strategic Priorities

    The Mission of the Office of Global Education is to initiate and  to mediate opportunities for students and faculty to strategically engage the spaces, places and activities that promote the development of globally engaged citizenship and effective leadership. The intention is to graduate students who have 21st century skills and sensibilities and entrust them to become ambassadors equipped with these competencies and capabilities. Our institution is as loyalty is as firmly positioned in the cultivation of human capital as it is committed to growing human conscience.

     

    Programs housed within the Office of Global Education build from its mission and are strategically designed to spur cultivation of cross-cultural competencies and sensibilities linked to:

     

    Cosmopolitan Outlook

    Cognitive Complexity

    Explorative Disposition

    Intercultural Empathy

    Diverse Perspective

    Disposition of Reciprocity

  • Global Education Facts
  • Eligibility Requirements

     

    1. Current cumulative grade point average of (2.75 minimum).  
    2. Please see the Office of Financial Aid: 
              Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA)
              Complete further procedures and processes required for compliance with financial aid.
    3. Academic advisement and pre-registration are required for all students studying abroad.
    4. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors and select appropriate coursework for the semester/period away as well as for the semester they expect to return to Claflin University. 
    5. Students must register for the appropriate level of Study Abroad (STUD 200, 300, or 400) during the study abroad period. 
    6. The student should have no past or pending disciplinary issues that would prevent successful completion of a global education program.
  • Global Education Finances

    Spring Break Study Abroad:  Personal/family financing, loans; community or other fundraising.

     

    Summer Study Abroad:  Methods of payment are financial aid. Please note that qualification for financial aid requires being registered for at least six credit hours during the summer with room and board. The trip must include academic credit and travel must occur within the timeframe of summer school. Consult with a financial aid advisor in The Office of Financial Aid to discuss your financial aid options.

     

    Semester Study Abroad:  Methods of payment are financial aid. Please note that qualification for financial aid requires being registered for at least six credit hours during the summer with room and board. The trip must include academic credit and travel must occur during the semester. Consult with a financial aid advisor in The Office of Financial Aid to discuss your financial aid options.

ADVISING

  • Faculty-led Guides

    Faculty-led Guides: Please see the Office of Global Education for referral to faculty whose wealth of experience and knowledge in conducting faculty-led excursions can further prepare considerations for global engagement.

  • Student Advisors

    Student Advisors: Please see the Director of Global Education who can help you to find the appropriate student advisor for your global education considerations.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Dates and Deadlines

    Dates and Deadlines: The deadline for the submission of all documents is November 1 for spring semester experiences and April 1 for the summer term or the fall term. Planning for a quality global education experience with the goal of minimizing any challenges associated with your outbound transition will require strict adherence to deadlines. 

  • Prepare
  • Pre-departure Requirements

    Students participating in Global Education Programs should follow the steps below: 

    *Application requirements for internships are variable. Please see the Director of Global Education for consultation. Offerings will be announced.


    1. Seek guidance from faculty (academic) advisor about Global Education Programs in relation to their degree      
         programs and career interests/preparation. 
    2. Academic advisement and pre-registration are required for all students' participation in Global Education Programs.
    3. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors and select appropriate coursework for the
        semester/period away as well as for the semester they expect to return to Claflin University. 

    Students receiving financial aid, must comply with the same financial aid procedures that they follow when studying on campus at Claflin University. Final approval by Claflin University to engage Global Education Programs is not granted without completion of the requirements of financial aid. A stamped, approved course schedule and a copy of the Financial Aid Award Letter must be attached to relevant application forms.

    Students must register for the appropriate level of Study Abroad (STUD 200, 300, or 400) and acquire the signature of the Director of Global Education. 

    In an effort to provide a smooth transition between Claflin University and the selected institution, students are encouraged to enroll in coursework that is applicable to their program of study. 

    All coursework taken at the visiting institution will be added to their official academic transcript upon receipt of their official grade reports.

    4. Faculty advisors will then alert the Office of Global Education of each student’s interest engaging in Global Education
        Programs. 
    5. Contact the Director of Global Education for information and to discuss opportunities.
    6. Contact the Experiential Learning Coordinator with notification of intent to participate in Study Abroad/Study
        Away-MANDATORY  
    7. Work with the Director of Global Education to begin application process and other requirements.
    8. Complete Pre-Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) – MANDATORY  
    9. Attend the Student Information session for Global Education Programs.
    10. Complete Global Education Programs.

  • Post-departure Requirements

    1. Complete Post Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) – MANDATORY  

    2. Visit the Office of Career Development in coordination with the Office of Global Education to discuss experience and update resume.

  • Health Preparation

    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/your-health-abroad.html

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    Before you go abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, remember to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of insurance and a claim form.

  • Safety Preparations

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