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    Jan 27, 2022  
Lee University Catalog 2008-2009 
Lee University Catalog 2008-2009 [Archived Catalog]

Study Abroad

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Global Perspectives


The Global Perspectives Program is one of the most unique and exciting opportunities that Lee University offers because it gives students the chance to travel and study in a culture that is different from their own. In fact, studying another culture is a requirement. Through the Global Perspectives Program, students will fulfill at least two hours of cross-cultural credit: GNST 200: Global Perspectives Seminar and GNST 250-3: Cross-Cultural Experience. These courses can not be taken out of sequence. While GNST 200 is the course that prepares students to interact in a culture different than their own, GNST 250-3 is the actual experience where students engage and immerse themselves within an intended target culture. Three options are offered for fulfilling the experience portion of the requirement:

  1. Participate in one of Lee’s many school-sponsored Global Perspectives Trips. Every year, Lee offers between 25-30 Global Perspectives trips, led by credentialed faculty members, as an economical and rewarding cross-cultural experience. While the majority of our trips occur during the summer, several are offered during Christmas and Spring breaks. Not only can sudents fulfill their cross-cultural requirements by participating in a Lee-sponsored trip, they can find a trip that offers course credit in most major fields of study. By traveling and earning credit at the same time, 85% of the tuition paid for the program is rolled back into cost of the trip. Very few universities if any have made a financial commitment of this magnitude to assist students in studying abroad.

  2. Apply to conduct an Individually Arranged Cross-Cultural Study. Some students choose to conduct their own cross-cultural experience by researching and designing an independent crosscultural experience unique to their preferences and personality. A student can fulfill this requirement if the experience is/was designed to be an in-depth academic analysis of a particular culture; it has to be prepared for and intentionally undertaken with an academic goal in mind. Many students opt to become active participants in a domestic church or community that differs significantly from their own ethnicity, culture, and where possible, language. The student is required to complete a minimum of 45 hours (no less than 7 days) during a 15-week semester or summer term interacting with members of a targeted culture significantly different from their own. This model is based upon a typical one credit- hour internship experience requirement.

  3. Qualify for exemption from the Cross-Cultural experience requirement. Some students who have had significant cross-cultural life experiences prior to coming to Lee may qualify for exemption from the GNST 250-253 requirement. The school has set clear guidelines for a student who may be exempt:

    • Extensive overseas military service tours, at least 6 months in duration

    • Extensive missions work in one particular culture; typically, short-term mission trips do not qualify

    • Being raised or having lived in a foreign country as a young adult for at least 24 months

    • Significant academic study in a foreign college/ university

    • Having spent a minimum of one year as a foreign exchange student during high school.

These guidelines have been approved by external accreditation agencies and are clearly stated in our policies. It would be both illegal and unethical to grant students academic course credit for experiences that do not fulfill the requirements as stipulated above, not fall within the stated parameters for exemption.

Proficiency Exams

Credit may be awarded for some general education courses upon passing a proficiency exam in the subject area in question. Students should inquire about possible proficiency credit with the respective department chair.

Major Requirements

By the beginning of the junior year, each student should select one subject area as his or her major field of study (sometimes called the specialty area) and will complete no fewer than 36 semester hours of his/her major area requirement. A minimum cumulative average of “C” (2.0) must be maintained in the major area (2.5 in teacher education programs). Each transfer student must earn at least 6 semester hours in his/her major area while in residence at Lee University; Business majors must earn 15 hours at Lee University, 6 at the upper level. Students desiring to apply transfer work or work done through correspondence or continuing education to a major program must file an academic petition through the office of the dean of the school in which the major is offered.

Off-Campus Study Programs


Lee University Off-Campus Student Programs

The Global Perspectives programs listed below may be subject to modification or cancellation from semester to semester. Trips marked with an asterisk are offered every other year. Check with your advisor or the sponsoring university department for up-to-date details about each trip being offered.

Any student participating in a Lee sponsored faculty-led trip must have successfully completed a minimum of one full semester, equal to 12-15 credit-hours, of studies in residence on the Lee University campus, with one of those hours being the prerequisite GNST-200 Global Perspectives Seminar.

Institutional Scholarships (including academic scholarships and employee tuition discounts) can not be applied toward more than two off-campus study programs during a student’s enrollment at Lee.

Adventures in Peru: Anthropology
Alaska: Education
American Ethnic Studies: English
Australian Wildlife Biology
Austria & Italy: Music & Its Heritage
Biblical Lands: Israel
Cambodia & Thailand: Ministry in Globalized Context
Canada: Culture & Theater
Chile: Anthropology
Chile: English Language Institute
Chile: Spanish Language Institute
China: Language & Culture
Cuba: Health & Exercise Science
Ecuador: Medical Missions
Egypt: Arabic
England: Literature & Writing
England & Scotland: History
Europe: Business
France: Language
Geneva, Salzburg, & Vienna: Psychology
Germany: Language
Germany Schumann Liederfest: Music
Greece & Turkey: Archeology & History
Greece: Bible
Guatemala Hope of Life: Global Ministry & Poverty
Guatemala: Medical Missions
Ireland: Ministry in Globalized Context
Italy: Art History
Italy: Business
L.A. Dream Center: Pastoral Ministries
London, Paris, Munich, & Lisbon: Communication & the Arts
Mexico: Education
Mexico: History
Modern Europe: Political Science & Humanities
New Mexico: Business
Nicaragua Hogar Agape: Global Ministry & Poverty
New York Model UN: Political Science
Romania: Business
Semester in Europe: Cambridge
Scotland: Honors Studies
Southwest Native American Studies:
Anthropology & Outdoor Recreation
Thailand: Education
Ukraine: Education
Uraguay: Business

Cooperative Programs

The following off-campus study programs are sponsored by groups like Focus on the Family and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Institutional Scholarships do not apply to the Focus on the Family Institute or to the Au Sable Institute. For information about these programs, visit,, or contact the Office of Academic Events.

American Studies Program
Au Sable Institute
Australia Studies Centre
Contemporary Music Studies Program
China Studies Program
Focus on the Family Institute
Latin American Studies Program
Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Middle East Studies Program
The Scholars Semester in Oxford
Oxford Summer Programme
Russian Studies Program
Washington Journalism Center