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Why you should participate in a Global Education Program

Students often cite participating in Global Education programs as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a clearer view of the world, its peoples and the complex challenges facing us all. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed Global Education programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities yet transect borders. Whether studying environmental and health issues in Australia or investigating the intertwined nature of food and culture in France, you will see the world as you never have before and come away with memories to last a lifetime.

Global Education programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can enhance your overall college experience, and prepare you for career and advanced study opportunities by:

  • Improving cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations
  • Developing critical teamwork and problem solving skills as you collaborate with others in an international setting
  • Expanding knowledge of the liberal arts through the lens of different cultures, traditions and histories
  • Networking with students, faculty, and community members internationally with similar interests and goals
  • Enhancing your portfolio of experience through unique hands-on research and community-based opportunities


Planning your program

With advance planning, you should be able to fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change encourages students to participate in a Global Education during the summer of your junior year. However, you may consult our advising team to determine if you will need to complete your excursion in another academic year.

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Spring Identify a summer Global Education program with a focus on social science or archaeological field methods
Year 2 Fall Meet with a Global Education peer-advisor to discuss programs of interest and gain a first-hand student perspective
Spring Meet with your academic advisor to discuss programs of interest, review program requirements and potential funding options.
Year 3

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
  • Apply for desired Global Education program
  • Apply for passport, if necessary
  • Receive program acceptance and enroll in appropriate coursework
  • Attend Global Education info and orientation sessions
  • Research graduate/professional programs to pursue after graduation
Summer Complete Global Education experience
Year 4 Fall
  • Complete GRE/GMAT or other graduate entrance examinations
  • Apply for graduate/professional education program
  • Participate in internship or research apprenticeship opportunity
Spring Apply for graduation

Advice from the School of Human Evolution & Social Change

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change assists students in preparing for their future career or graduate school experience by offering opportunities abroad. This might include internships, field school or completing electives abroad. We have many opportunities for our ASU Online students as well. We recommend each student speak with advising about their needs and goals for Global Education programs in their first year to begin setting up the process for choosing the right program to meet personal interests and fulfill degree requirements.

Advice from the Global Education Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a GEO Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process.
  • Attend a Financing Your Global Education Program workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to Global Education programs, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for Global Education scholarships.

How to make an appointment

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will Global Education programs impact my progress?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, talk you through the application process and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Global Education Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you to answer your questions and they would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Zoom.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Global Education Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

Key questions to ask the Global Education Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for Global Education programs?

Pursuing a global experience is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your global experience.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a Cost Sheet for your program on the Cost Info tab of the Global Education Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while participating. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Global Education Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses as needed since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your global education program. You can receive funding for your program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general global education scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funded their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your global education program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for my global education program? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate on a GEO program?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers Global Education scholarships for which you may apply.

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops through Fall and Spring semesters. Join us to learn how to finance your global education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

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