All students will receive six undergraduate credits or four graduate credits
for successful completion of the trip. The work completed for these
credits is the same for all students, regardless of the actual courses
taken. Students should enroll for credits that help them fulfill requirements
or best match with their curricular needs. Students should see their academic
advisor about which courses to take.
Students enroll for these courses as they would for other summer courses.
Most of the courses require overrides into the appropriate sections; these
overrides will be given by the program faculty. Near the time for summer
enrollment, the faculty will take course requests and complete the overrides.
All students enrolled for the trip are guaranteed their desired course.
There are no enrollment limits; however, students must make sure that
they are enrolled in the appropriate overseas section for each course.
Day Trip Guide
Students assume leadership for days on the trip (see below). As part of
this duty, the student will complete a 3-page, single-spaced day guide
for the group. The faculty will combine the day guides into a packet for
students to use a resource during the trip.
The guide will include:
- Information about the area or region
- Background on the specific visits for the day
- Background on related issues or programs in the United States
- Facts, figures, charts, etc. to support the above information
Think of the guide as a newsletter with substantial academic content.
The guide should not merely be a tourist itinerary. We do not want to
see photographs or maps, which will not photocopy well.
Leadership and web pages
In preparation for work in country, students will complete a preview
web page for a full trip day or days. This preview web page will include
general information about the day's activities. This information might
include historical, cultural, or tourist information on the region visited
and/or specific technical information related to the day's visits (e.g.,
livestock, forestry, aquaculture, etc.). In addition, each page will include:
- A map
- Four - 6 photographs
- Five - 10 related links.
Students should see Matt Jakubik or Dr. Woods for help creating their
page. All web pages should be completed and submitted to Jim for posting
the day before the orientation session. A
template for these pages is located online.
While in-country, students will then take responsibility for "leading"
the group for a day. These responsibilities will include:
- Briefing the group about the schedule, restroom stops, etc.
- Informing the group about relevant cultural, tourist and technical
information related to sights and visits
- Greeting and introducing all guest speakers
- Thanking guest speakers with gifts and letters
- Taking digital pictures
- Updating the day's web page
The student leaders will also assist with additional duties, which may
include helping distribute materials, organizing meals, making decisions,
The staff will provide journal notebooks for students to write their
reflections in. Reflections should be about a page per day, but can be
longer depending on the number of activities in any given day.
The purpose of the journal is to reflect on, compare and contrast, and
question events and activities from the time spent overseas. Instructors
will provide a question each day for students to reflect on in their journal;
students should not simply regurgitate a blow-by-blow of what they did
for the day.
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