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Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Faculty-Led)
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer I||2015||01/31/2015**||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Program Type:||WMU||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Housing Options:||Hotel (double)||Minimum GPA:||2.75|
|Class Standing:||Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore||Program Specialist:||Sakhi Vyas|
|Language experience required:||No||Program Length:||Short-Term|
The participants will be enrolled for the entire summer I session for 6 credit hours. The program will be comprised of a three week pre-departure orientation, a three week field experience (study abroad: May 24 through June 15), and a two-week post program process where students incorporate their overseas experiences in to their practice, finalize their capstone projects, and engage in the dissemination of information about what they learned while abroad.
The common goal of instructors and students involved in this course is to understand the impact of globalization on systems such as health services, schooling, foreign policy, food, transportation, housing, and to analyze how that impact translates into public policies.
This study abroad program includes (1) a three-week pre-departure orientation in the U.S. to clarify goals and prepare participants for the academic experience abroad, (2) the expectation of sustained engagement with the people, and their daily lives in Senegal, the host country, as well as (3) activities both in Senegal and upon return to the US that link experiences abroad with both the participants’ educational experiences and goals in the U.S. In addition the course will have a re-entry process during the last week of the semester where students complete their capstone projects incorporating their overseas experiences into their U.S. practice.
All participating students will be required to do a presentation during Fall 2013 to disseminate information about what they learned while abroad concerning the causes and consequences of globalization as well as its impact on systems.
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Minimum 2.75 GPA.
Academic Program and Credit
Participants will earn six (6) academic semester credits in one of the following upon successful completion of the program. Prior to departure, students are urged to work closely with appropriate academic advisor(s) to determine how these credits will be counted towards their degree.
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The WMU program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, international health and emergency assistance insurance, housing, some meals, on-site orientation, some on-site transportation and expenses for specified cultural study activities.
The program fee does not include: airfare, additional meals and beverages, local transportation, passport, immunizations, and miscellaneous expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping,etc. An additional $405 fee applies to the program fee for graduate students.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
+ Qualified fees (tution)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee
Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the Summer I semester.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.
Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.
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Information Session: Monday Oct 28, 2013 6:00-7:30 College of Education and Human Development
Orientation 1: TBD
This first orientation is general for all students on campus participating a study abroad course. This first orientation will cover information about study abroad rules and regulations, safety, travel insurance, and passports.
Orientation 2: TBD
The second orientation is specific to your particular course, Cultural Connections in Senegal. The travel nurse will be present to discuss immunizations needed for travel to Senegal and food safety. The faculty will discuss the required text book for the course, ticket purchases, the time and day of the class meeting that begins in May, and the course numbers in which you will need to enroll to get credit for this course.
2014 schedule TBD. See our previous itinerary below for your reference.
Cultural Connections schedule for online brochure.pdf
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Program faculty directors:
Professor Yvette Hyter
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Professor William F. Santiago-Valles
Special Education and Literacy Studies
WMU Study Abroad:
Study Abroad Specialist
Country Information (external links)
Senegal - Lonely Planet
Dakar - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Senegal
Culturegram - Senegal
WMU Study Abroad Experiences: Katie Smoes