Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

With a diverse set of students and interests, the Department of English seeks to work with all students to create an international experience that meets their individual needs and goals. In addition to providing a once in a lifetime opportunity, Global Education programs also offer our students the chance to build their skills in a unique environment that stands out in the job market long after graduation. 

In a Global Education experience, our students can:

  • Improve language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;
  • Develop critical teamwork and problem solving skills as they interact with others in an international setting;
  • Challenge themselves to adapt and persevere under sometimes difficult social and cultural circumstances;
  • Expand their knowledge of the liberal arts through the lens of different cultures and histories;
  • Network with students, faculty, and community members internationally with similar interests and goals;
  • Enhancing their portfolio of experience through unique hands-on research and community-based opportunities.

A Message from the Department of English

“When I was college senior, I was given the chance to participate in a summer abroad program—three summer months in a tent in the Sinai desert excavating an Old Testament city—and the experience changed my life as my views began an expansion that continues to this day...Having experienced the benefits of such study and having seen the same expansion of view take hold in my own students, I remain committed to creating opportunities to enhance learning through the wider world and its diverse people.”

- Dr. Mark Lussier, Professor and former chair, Department of English

Planning Your Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

With advance planning, you should be able to fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU. When and where you decide to participate in a Global Education program will depend on your concentration and individual goals. We look forward to working with all students to find the best fit possible.

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1

Begin thinking of Global Education possibilities such as:

  • Completing second language abroad
  • Working at an internship abroad
  • Exploring a location or academic area you are especially interested in
Year 2

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
  • Identify a spring/summer Global Education program focused on your interests and needs
  • If already determined, complete fall semester Global Education program
  • Complete a spring semester or spring break Global Education program
  • Secondary Education students: Apply for Arizona iTeach; complete abroad experience before year 3
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 3

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall - Spring
  • Investigate careers and/or graduate schools
  • Complete a semester, winter break, or spring break Global Education program
    Participate in an internship, at home or abroad
  • Creative Writing students: Apply for portfolio for fall Year 4; complete abroad experience before year 4
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 4 Fall - Spring
  • Complete a semester, winter break, or spring break Global Education program
  • Participate in an internship, at home or abroad

General Advice

General Advice

 Advice from the Department of English

The Department of English assists students in preparing for their future career or graduate school experience by offering opportunities abroad. This might include internships, advanced studies in Film and Media, language study, 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 at the right time.

Advice from the Global Education Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your Global Education 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. Discover times and locations.
  • 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. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

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 a Global Education program 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?

Meet With the Global Education Office

Meet With the Global Education Office

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.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Global Education Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can 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 multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • 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.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

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?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Global Education programs are an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, they require 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 experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top 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 abroad. 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 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 studying abroad 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 funding 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 Global Education programs? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate in a Global Education 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.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Global Education Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your Global Education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

“Studying abroad in Italy was the most valuable educational experience I’ve ever had.  I made lifelong friends and got to study art in the Uffizi museum and literature near Dante’s home in Florence.  Years later, I look back to studying abroad as one of the best times of my life.”
- Mollie Connelly-MacNeill, BA English Literature

Recommended Programs

Although English majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the Department of English recommends the following programs.

Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Based in beautiful Rome, this course emphasizes the aesthetics of Italian film as it explores the intersection of culture, art and film. Guided excursions to historical and culturally significant sites, combined with lectures and film viewings, provide a basis for understanding the importance of Italian art and architecture, its role in neorealism and the Italian aesthetic and its global influence on film making. That knowledge provides the foundation for student film projects. The program also includes a day trip to the coastal town of Fregene and a two night stay in Florence and culminates with a student film festival showcasing student’s learning and experiences.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: France
Unique Features: Live in Lyon for four weeks while focusing on language and culture. Students are enrolled with other foreign students in the Centre International d’Études Françaises (CIEF) at the University of Lyon located on the downtown campus along the Rhône River within walking distance of the city center. Receive full immersion training in language and culture and earn 7 FRE (French) credits, including coursework that can go toward fulfilling the second language requirement, on this program.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: For five weeks, live and study at Harlaxton Manor, a 100-room mansion in the rolling hills of the English midlands, while reading classic works of English literature. Day-long and overnight excursions to locations across England offer students further insight into the literature they read (including walks in the Lake District and a Shakespeare performance at London’s Globe Theatre), while the course schedule permits weekend travel across Europe.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Vietnam
Unique Features: Writing, travel and literature are tremendous gateways for connecting people, place, culture and comprehension of such. These partner courses will give you insight into writing about people, culture, travel and contemporary real-time and historical perspectives of Vietnam, one of Asia’s more energetic emergent economies and cultures. This course is front-loaded with four weeks of intensive pre-departure literary narrative studies related to memoir stories, travel literature (culture: food, tourism, history, customs, etc.) and personal narratives with a Vietnam focus.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Post-Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Immerse yourself in the world of Jane Austen during this ten-day exploration of southern England. Get to know Bath, Jane Austen's home after her father retired from the ministry and the setting of two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Experience her life and fiction, not only in Bath, but also in Lyme Regis, Chawton and Winchester, where Austen’s memorial stands in the beautiful Winchester Cathedral, and take a day trip to Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Germany
Unique Features: Travel to Munich, Germany over Spring Break to experience how person, place and culture incite creativity and knowledge and immerse yourself in the stunning backdrop of Bavarian life. Students will visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau Concentration Camp and the Deutsches Museum among other various exciting excursions and will come away with experiences transferrable into travel writings as facilitated in the subsequent online writing course, connections with other writers and optional face-to-face meetings.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Study and intern in London with CAPA internships available in businesses of every kind as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Students who participate receive an unlimited Tube pass and work experience that provides strong professional and cultural foundations for the future.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Manchester's degree programs are career-oriented and designed with input from industry and commerce to ensure students develop skills relevant to today's workplace. Manchester is the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. The Greater Manchester area is home to 2.6 million residents and offers a rich and bustling atmosphere with social, sporting, and artistic venues. It is a lively, friendly city of more than 75,000 students from four different universities.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: South Korea
Unique Features: One of the largest and best schools in Asia, Yonsei offers a multitude of courses taught in English and Korean across many disciplines. This program is especially good for Linguistics students.

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