Global Connections, Experience, Reflection
There are many ways to fulfill the Global Connections Experience – as close by as the Won Buddhist Temple in Glenside or as far away as Capetown, South Africa. In each case, students are engaged in a sustained, semester-long cross-cultural experience and are involved in ongoing reflection during the experience (typically through enrolling in GCR 101).
The Global Connections Experience and Reflection provide all Arcadia students the opportunity to explore new places and cultures. In a sustained cross-cultural experience, students meet the people and learn about a society different from that in which they have lived. In addition, during the Global Connection Experience, students participate in a supervised reflection, typically via the online course GCR101 or through a 4-credit course that has the GE and GR designations, in which students document and analyze their experiences.
Where students go for their Global Connections Experience is up to them.
Students might choose to go to a foreign country. Every major provides a pathway to study abroad that suggests places and times in which foreign travel particularly enhances academic development, and Arcadia’s College of Global Studies puts 14 countries and 100 programs around the world easily at everyone’s fingertips. Arcadia students often study abroad for a semester, but others study abroad for an intensive few weeks, for a summer, or for an entire year. Global Connections Experiences must be semester-long, but it is possible to design hybrid local/abroad experiences when the study abroad experience is just one to two weeks long.
The Global Connections Experience also might occur in the United States. Domestic study away programs offer the opportunity to spend a semester at universities in places such as California and Colorado that provide cross-cultural learning and living environments. And several Arcadia courses that engage in extensive service learning and/or other local experiences (e.g., student teaching and internships) also carry the Global Connections Experience designation or when they occur in approved cross-cultural settings. It is possible to search for course-based Global Connections Experiences easily in Self-Service.
Fulfilling the Global Connections Experience and Reflection Requirements
There are many ways to fulfill the Global Connections Experience and Reflection – through participating in experiences as close by as the Won Buddhist Temple in Glenside or as far away as Capetown, South Africa. In each case, students will be engaged in a sustained, semester-long cross-cultural experience and should be involved in ongoing reflection during the experience (typically through enrolling in GCR 101).
Students can participate in Glenside-based courses that have an experiential component in order to fulfill the Global Connections Experience. If students participate in a course-based experience or in a context or organization that addresses the same issue or topic they are exploring. Some of the courses currently available that include this experiential component include:
- CJ325: Inside/Out (with sections focusing on Criminal Justice, Creative Writing, Yoga, or Acting)
- ED301: Contemporary Issues in Education
- ID226: Teen Uprise Mentoring Experience
- ID227: RUE: Raise, Understand & Express your Voice
- ID228: Shakespeare with Seniors
- ID325: The Artist in the Community
- RE114: Living Religions of the World
- SO150: Contemporary Social Problems
- SO320: Homes, Housing and Homelessness
- SP270: Hispanic Experience in Philadelphia
In addition, it is possible to design an individualized Global Connections Experience in consultation with the Director of Global Connections.
Although many students will fulfill the Global Connections Experience by studying abroad, there are several domestic exchange options that also fulfill this requirement. For each of the exchange options listed below, students continue to pay Arcadia tuition and fees during the semester they are away rather than paying the institution they are visiting.