Explorations/Study Abroad

 

Experiential Learning Requirement

Please read the following if you are planning on completing the EXP Requirement through a Study Abroad Program. Study Abroad programs are considered Individual Experiences. However, depending on whether the program is faculty led or independent, the following steps should be completed: 

 

IF THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IS FACULTY LED:

  • The program should meet EXP criteria as verified by the Explorations/Study Abroad Office.
  • For this type of program, students DO NOT need to complete and Experiential Learning Individual Student Learning Contract. 
  • Students DO NOT have to find a faculty mentor since faculty leaders of the program will serve in this capacity for all students.
  • After the program, all students will follow the Guidelines for the EXP Written Reflection
  • Students will complete the Experiential Learning Student Evaluation Form and submit it to the faculty leader(s) who will review it and send it to the Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) Office
 
IF THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IS INDIVIDUAL:
  • The program should meet EXP criteria as verified by the Explorations/Study Abroad Office.
  • The Student will find a Faculty Mentor.
  • The Student will complete the Experiential Learning Individual Student Learning Contract prior to engaging in experience, the faculty mentor signs it (THIS INDICATES APPROVAL) and sends it to the CAPS Office.
  • After the program, all students will follow the Guidelines for the EXP Written Reflection
  • Students will complete the Experiential Learning Student Evaluation Form and submit it to the faculty mentor who will review it and send it to the Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) Office

 

For more information regarding the EXP requirement please visit : http://www.bw.edu/news/experiential-learning-requirement/

 

 

Earning Academic Credit

Independent Programs

Pre-Departure

All Explorations/Study Abroad programs earn credit toward BW graduation. Prior to departure you will need to discuss your course options with your academic advisor and Explorations staff. As a part of the application process, you will complete a “Program Permit Form”. This form will list the courses you are planning to take at your host institution and the BW course equivalencies. The courses are reviewed by BW department chairs who will determine equivalency and credit transfer before you enroll at the host institution. It is very important to allow enough time to get syllabi and other information from the host institution so that a thorough review can be done on each course that you plan on taking. We recommend that you list 6-8 pre-approved courses on your Program Permit Form. Registration at each institution abroad varies and for most, registration will not take place until you arrive on their campus. So, you will want to have some “back-up” courses approved just in case your first-choices are not available.

While Abroad

Students at our partner institutions are typically allowed to take only 12-15 credits per semester. During this semester, you will normally take 3-5 classes at 3-4 credit hours apiece. As mentioned above, registration procedures vary for each institution. So, please be sure to review your program information carefully and discuss the process with Explorations staff.

Upon Return

Your host institution will issue an official transcript to the Explorations/Study Abroad Office. Explorations staff will translate and convert your grades. Your transcript will then be sent to the Registration Office for credit transfer. Please note, in order for the Registration Office to accept your credits,you will need to receive a letter grade of a “C” or better. Please keep in mind that if you plan on attending graduate school, you will have to turn in your grade report from the foreign institution. Therefore, this is not a semester that should be taken lightly, because your grades may come back to haunt you.

Faculty Led Seminars

The courses in these programs carry BW credit. Programs offer anywhere from 3 to 16 semester credit hours. You will not register for the course(s) via WebExpress. As a part of your application process, your academic advisor will sign your “Program Permit Form” approving your participation in the program. After approval from your academic advisor, you will submit the form to Explorations who will then register you for the course. Please review your program details for specific course information.
 
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