Study Abroad Orientation Course
As a part of your study abroad experience, you will be required to take a study abroad orientation course, LAS 291/292.
The Study Abroad Orientation Course (LAS 291/292) is a three phase, one-credit hour course that all study abroad students are required to take in order to prepare them for their study abroad program, engage in active learning while abroad, and reflect upon their experiences after they return. The course includes pre-departure logistics, cultural preparation, health and safety information, personal and professional goal setting, in-country support, and re-entry programming.
Benefits & Expectations
Through the course, you will:
- Set goals and manage expectations for your experience abroad.
- Receive essential pre-departure information, including practical, logistical, academic, and cultural considerations.
- Work on assignments to enrich the awareness, perspectives, knowledge, and skills that are important to intercultural communication.
- Maintain contact with us throughout your experience abroad for both reflective and health and safety purposes.
- Reflect upon and better articulate your experiences, while also integrating your experiences into future planning.
Active participation is your key to success for LAS 291/292. You will not be graded on grammar and will not be quizzed on facts, but course facilitators will be looking for evidence that you have deeply reflected on your experiences. It is expected that you complete all online modules and journal entries on time, actively participate in forum discussions, spend time developing your learning goals, attend all in-person class sessions, and create a thoughtful final project.
LAS 291/292 is predominantly an online course, but will require a few in-person classes. It takes part in three phases, across a 2-course sequence in the following order:
- Students studying abroad in the Fall or Summer terms will get more information about the course, including how to enroll, in April.
- Students studying abroad in the Spring term will get more information about the course, including how to enroll, in October.
Once you have committed to a study abroad program, you will be provided with course registration instructions. "LAS 291: Global Perspectives for Intercultural Learning," a zero-credit course, is completed before your departure and will help you prepare for your experience abroad.
Once you have completed LAS 291, you will be automatically enrolled in "LAS 292: Global Perspectives in Cross-Cultural Contexts," which is worth one credit. You will complete the second phase of the course while abroad.
When You Return
LAS 292 continues through the semester after you return to campus, is worth one credit hour (letter grade), and is the final phase of the course.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Study Abroad Orientation Course is managed by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, therefore all questions concerning the course should be directed to LAS International Programs.
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Phone: (217) 333-1705
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org