Certificate of International Immersion

Students who show significant commitment to and understanding of global interaction may apply to have their experiences recognized with a Certificate of International Immersion, noted on the transcript and in the listing of honors at Commencement. The faculty's International Education Committee awards the certificate after considering a student's overall academic record (minimum 3.000 cumulative grade-point average), an essay and presentation. The purpose of this process is to allow you to reflect deeply on the value of your experiences.

Eligibility

In general, students who have invested significant time (more than a 13-week term) in study abroad living with native speakers, taking coursework in the target language and volunteering, participating in community service or working in an internship are eligible to submit an application for the Certificate in International Immersion. Those students who have combined experience abroad through more than one of the global learning categories and reach the equivalent of a full-year immersion are also eligible to apply.

Procedure

By January 13, 2017, submit in writing to Helen MacDermott: hmacdermott@wlu.edu

Part I: Please list/enter the following information:

1. Cumulative Time abroad.  Where were you, what did you do and when? This includes study abroad, research, internships, service-learning, etc. undertaken since your first year at W&L. You can separate this into two sections: Academic Travels Overseas and Non-Academic Travels Overseas.

2. W&L coursework: List your courses (with grades) related to your time abroad taken at W&L before and after your time abroad. 

3. Transferred credits: List your coursework (at least 12 credits, including for non-native language courses, when appropriate) you have transferred to W&L from abroad.

 Part II: Write a brief essay (no more than 1000 words) showing your:

  • Development of appreciation of cultural differences;

   Sustained engagement with people of the host country outside of study or internship activity;

   Use of time abroad to enrich or contribute to the W&L community through engagement with the university’s international community, a presentation, or a "capstone" activity upon return to campus.

Students who wish to provide additional evidence of international immersion that does not fall into the above categories (e.g., an original art work, a photo essay, a digital humanities presentation, etc.) are welcome to include such materials in their presentation to the International Education Committee if they are selected as a finalist for the certificate.

The week of February 13-17, 2017, students presentations will be scheduled.

Presentation format: no more than 10 minutes with 5 minutes of questions by the International Education Committee.  A computer, projector and screen will be provided.  Please contact the Study Abroad Advisor if other technology is required.