|Saint Louis University offers special courses for students preparing to study abroad as well as students returning from a study abroad program.
You can meet the 3 hrs A&S Core Curriculum Requirement for Cultural Diversity by taking all three cross-cultural courses (each 1 credit). These courses are cross-listed in Modern and Classical Languages and the Honors Program and are International Studies attributes. Courses can also be taken individually. They are not required for study abroad programs.
|Professor Norma Vogelweid speaks about the courses in the above video.
|If you intend to study abroad, you will board the plane with greater confidence having taken the 1-credit course Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad (MLNG 200 / HR 280 01) before going. Through films, literature, current events, and the treasure-trove of personal stories of foreign-born guest speakers, international students, past study abroad participants, and the instructor’s own twenty-five years of living and working overseas, the pre-departure course opens your eyes to see the world as a cultural explorer.|
|Professor Norma Vogelweid speaks about the pre-departure course.
This course is designed for students majoring in any field who aspire to develop greater cross-cultural competence through their experience living outside the United States. The course begins in the third week of the semester, running for 9 weeks with weekly 75-minute class meetings on Thursday afternoon from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. By simultaneously registering for the Cross-Cultural Inquiry course (MLNG 201 / HR 280 03), which adds an independent study component to the first pre-departure course, you can earn another 1 credit and further explore the complexity of cultural influences and your host country. Syllabi for the two pre-departure courses available from the instructor.
"Unfortunately, there are precious few people on campus that will, or even can, begin to understand the frustration of a returning study abroad student." - Previous SLU Study Abroad Student
The other world you lived in, the other person you felt like, the other rhythm you moved to while living abroad can shadow you after returning to the States. If you don't want your life in another country to be exiled forever, take the 1-credit course Cross-Cultural Re-Entry from Study Abroad (MLNG 202 / HR 280 02).
Class themes (i.e. kaleidoscopic identity, cultural prisms - yours and theirs, transience, leaving and arriving, human connections and chasms, cultural flows and contamination, stories of taking off) give you a framework for reliving aspects of life abroad in order to extract lasting insights from what happened to you. The course begins in the third week of the semester, running for 9 weeks with weekly 75-minute class meetings on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. Syllabus available from the instructor.
|Click here to read what students have said about the courses.||Professor Norma Vogelweid speaks about the re-entry course.