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Office of Global Education and Initiatives

The Office of Global Education and Initiatives at Jefferson provides students with various opportunities to participate in global and international activities, programs and events while pursuing their degree.  The Office is made up of the following departments and programs on campus:

  • International and Exchange Student Services
  • Study Away Programs
  • Faculty-Led Programs
  • National Student Exchange (NSE)
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Office of Global Education and Initiatives provides an array of study away opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students through the Study Away Program, Faculty-Led Short Courses and NSE. While away, students take courses toward their degree and develop a professional awareness of their discipline in a global context. Students may study away for one semester, a full academic year, on a summer program, or on a faculty-led “short course” during the winter, spring or summer term. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in non-credit Global Enrichment Opportunities (GEOs) as coordinated by their academic department.

Learning Outcomes for Domestic and International Study Away Programs

Study Away enriches the Jefferson educational experience by organizing programs that allow students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the political, economic, and/or cultural developments of a particular geographic region.
  • Apply resourcefulness and flexibility while attempting to adapt to new cultural environments.
  • Engage with and be open to people, ideas, and activities from other cultures as a means of personal development.

Study Away Program

The Study Away Office provides individualized attention to each student, reviews his/her academic needs and career goals, and advises on program options. To ensure students stay on track for graduation, students must have all study abroad courses reviewed and approved by their Academic Advisor/Program Director and the Study Away Office during the application period. Only pre-approved courses and credits taken abroad will be accepted by Jefferson and reported on a student’s University transcript.  

Students have program options all over the world: Italy, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, etc. In Italy, students can participate in one of the University’s own study abroad programs: Jefferson’s Rome Semester for Architecture, Design and Fashion Studies. During the fall semester, Jefferson offers a custom program for Health Science Students in San Jose, Costa Rica with CEA and Veritas University. The Study Away Advisory Committee meets twice a semester to review new policies and proposed programs. For more information on study away programs, the application and approval process, deadlines and requirements, contact the Study Away Office or visit their website: ww.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/studyabroad.

Basic Requirements for Study Away:

  • Foreign program must be approved by the Study Away Office (approval process is detailed on the Study Away website)
  • Completion of the online study abroad application and all supporting materials [Letters of recommendation from two faculty members, transcript (official or unofficial depending on the program), essay questions and course approval from Academic Advisor/Program Director]
  • Individual appointment with the Study Away program manager, or attend one of our approved program advising sessions.
  • Certification from the Office of Student Life that the student is not on disciplinary probation.
  • Completion of 60 credits prior to departing for a summer/semester/year-long program. (The completion of 60 credits may apply for participation in short courses; see guidelines by course.)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (Please note: many foreign institutions may require a higher GPA of 2.75 or 3.0) and certification that the student is not on academic probation.

Additional documents, an external application, and/or a portfolio of work may be required and will be noted on the Study Away application.

National Student Exchange

The University is a member of the National Student Exchange. The National Student Exchange is a unique, not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through NSE, these member institutions provide exchange opportunities for the multitude of undergraduate students for whom an overseas experience is not appropriate, comfortable or affordable.

Basic Requirements for National Student Exchange:

  • Must be a full-time student at the home campus.
  • Must be in good academic standing with no incomplete grades from previous terms.
  • Certification from the Office of Student Life that the student is not on disciplinary probation.
  • No outstanding financial obligations to the home campus.
  • May not be on probation, parole, or have pending legal judgments.
  • Completion of 60 credits prior to departing for a summer/semester/year-long program.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale)

Additional documents and/or a portfolio of work may be required and will be noted by the host institution.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS

Faculty-led programs are academic programs that are initiated, organized and carried out by faculty members, with assistance from the Study Away Office (SAO). They are often referred as “Short Courses,” because they are shorter in terms of the length of time the student spends abroad. These programs are Jefferson courses, developed by Jefferson faculty, which include a 1- to 3-week international experience abroad that allows students the opportunity to learn a particular subject from a foreign perspective. These courses may be developed for a specific major, or may be open to all majors. The University also offers Short Courses for students of all academic levels: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Each course is typically worth 3 credits, and is treated just like any other Jefferson course as far as the University’s policies on billing, attendance, grading, etc. Short Courses can take place over winter break, spring break or as a summer course.

Basic Requirements for Faculty Led Programs

  • Completion of the online study abroad application
  • Certification from the Office of Student Life that the student is not on disciplinary probation
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (Please note: many foreign institutions may require a higher GPA of 2.75 or 3.0) and certification that the student is not on academic probation.

GLOBAL ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES (GEOS)

Global Enrichment Opportunities (GEOs) are non-credit-bearing travel experiences led by a Jefferson-East Falls faculty member. Co-curricular in nature, they include a service learning or hands-on experience in a discipline. Application, program costs, and participation requirements are set by the sponsoring Jefferson-East Falls department or program.