African and African American Studies

Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

Global Education programs allow students to experience a very different cultural environment, and learning to adapt can be challenging at first, but rewarding by the end of the adventure. Students learn to grow outside of their comfort zone as they learn more about the world, and they may even change the way they think about and perceive others.

A Message from the School of Social Transformation

“Study abroad is a great way to provide student with an opportunity to enhance their learning of local and global issues, while being immersed in different cultural environments. It also allows students to obtain a greater appreciation of the world around them, while challenging their comfort zones in the process, which is the purpose of transformative education.”

Rudy Guevarra, Jr., Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation   

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. The SST Advising Office’s recommended timeline to consider Global Education programs is as follows:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Spring Identify a summer Global Education program
Fall Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 2

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall Identify a spring/summer Global Education program focused on a potential career interest area
Spring Complete a spring semester or spring break Global Education program
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 3

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall - Spring Complete a semester, winter break, or spring break Global Education program
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 4


Fall - Spring If you will not immediately enter law school or a graduate program upon graduation, complete a semester, winter break, or spring break program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School of Social Transformation

There is no certainty of earning direct equivalency credit for any program-specific required courses at a foreign institution so it is generally advised that students take these courses at ASU. Typically, Global Education courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives or language proficiency, if taking language courses abroad.

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. 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

  • Call (480) 965-7682 to schedule an appointment by phone.

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?

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  or Live Chat with them on the Global Education Office website.
  • 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

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 study abroad 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 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.

Helpful Links

SST Student Testimonials

“Studying abroad allows students to become comfortable with the unfamiliar. In one’s home university, they become dependent on their routine, going to class, passing by the same structures, seeing the same people, and so on. Going and studying in a different country lets students experience the beauty of change and difference”

Ariel Rawls, Justice Studies major

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself. Form, studying abroad has expanded my cross cultural thinking. Having the ability to immerse myself and participate in a new culture is an amazing experience.”

- Emily Morris, Justice Studies/Women and Gender Studies major

Recommended Programs

Although students in any major in the School of Social Transformation can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School Social Transformation recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: South Africa
Unique Features: The University of Cape Town offers a large variation of courses in several major fields of study ranging from engineering to gender studies. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a backdrop of flat-topped Table Mountain juxtaposed by the sweep of the Atlantic Ocean in the foreground.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Morocco
Unique Features: This summer program provides students with little or no Arabic or French language experience the opportunity to take courses taught in English while living in Meknes, one of Morocco’s historical imperial cities and home to a beautiful blend of the Arab, Amazigh, Jewish, and French cultures composing modern Morocco. Students may select courses in history, culture, religion, politics, gender studies, and more, and they can also choose to enroll in an Arabic or French language class at any level.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Countries: Multi-Country
Unique Features: Semester itineraries traverse the globe and make port in interesting and diverse destinations that allow students to experience local culture. Port stays provide engaging learning opportunities through in-country field programs and labs as well as independent excursions. Your primary home away from home will be the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea's passenger ship is outfitted as a globe-exploring university; a living-learning community that provides a platform for discussion, coursework, and deep connections all while traveling to new locations.