What is International Service-learning?
International Service Learning is a course-based, educational experience in which students are participating in an organized service or volunteer activity that meets identified community needs in a location outside the United States. Students are also reflecting on this service activity within the classroom to gain a greater understanding of course content, the specific community with which they are working, cross-cultural issues, and a heightened sense of their own global relationships and responsibilities.
A service-learning experience forces students to engage with their local community and attempts to apply the lessons of the classroom to real life service and use real life service experiences to build upon the lessons of the classroom.
In short, international service learning combines two educational experiences – study abroad and community service.
“The distinctive element of service-learning is that it enhances the community through the service provided, but it also has powerful learning consequences for the students or others participating in providing a service. It is a dynamic process, through which students' personal and social growth is tightly interwoven into their academic and cognitive development.” (www.servicelearning.org)
How can I find a program?
Students must fulfill the Global Education requirements including registration, adherence to risk and health guidelines, international insurance, and academic requirements. Experiential Education and Global Education work with you to fulfill the university’s academic requirements so that students remain eligible for Financial Aid and Academic Credit.
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Can I receive credit?
You may receive credit for participating in a service-learning program. Please check with a study abroad advisor.