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The Global Perspectives Program is one of the most unique and exciting opportunities that Lee University offers because it requires students to travel and to study a culture different from their own. Through the Global Perspectives Program, students will fulfill at least two credit hours: LEEU 102A: Global Perspectives Seminar (1) and GNST 250-3: Cross-Cultural Experience (1-3). LEEU 102A is the prerequisite course that prepares students for the intentional study of a culture different than their own. This course should be taken the 2nd semester of a student’s freshman year. GNST 250-3 is the actual experience component where students engage and immerse themselves within an intended target culture. The GNST 250-3 cross-cultural experience can be taken any time after the completion of LEEU 102A. These courses cannot be taken out of sequence.
Three options are offered for fulfilling the experience component of the requirement:
- Participate in one of Lee’s many school-sponsored global perspectives trips. Every year, Lee offers between 25-30 global perspectives trips, led by our very own credentialed faculty, as an economical and rewarding cross-cultural experience. While the majority of trips occur during the summer, several are offered during Christmas and Spring breaks. Not only can students 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, 75% of the tuition dollars paid is used to cover trip expenses. Very few universities if any have made a financial commitment of this magnitude to assist students in studying abroad.
- 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 study unique to their preferences and personality. A student can fulfill this requirement if the experience is 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 where the culture differs significantly from their own. Students conducting such studies will be required to complete a minimum of 45 hours over a period of no less than 7 days not including travel during a 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. Individually arranged cross-cultural study experiences that cause students to miss regular semester classes will not be approved.
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 students who may be exempt:
Extensive overseas military service tours, at least 6 months in duration
Extensive missions work in one particular culture, at least 6 months in duration; 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. Exceptions will not be granted.
Lists of current trips as well as information about individually arranged study applications and exemptions can be found in the Student Resources section of Portico on the Global Perspectives page.
Off-Campus Study Programs
Lee University Off-Campus Student Programs
Below is a list of Global Perspectives trips typically offered by Lee University. Check on the Global Perspectives page in the Student Resources section of Portico for up-to-date details about each trip being offered. The availability of programs is subject to change without notice.
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 LEEU 102A Global Perspectives Seminar.
Institutional Scholarships (including academic scholarships and employee tuition discounts) can be applied toward only one off-campus study program during a student’s enrollment at Lee including intercultural studies internships, student teaching distant placements, the UK Semester Study Abroad program and Global Perspectives trips.
Off-campus study programs that are directly sponsored by Lee University and led by Lee University faculty are the only study programs eligible for institutionally-funded aid.
Global Perspectives trips must be paid in full prior to departure and all require a minimum $1000 deposit to reserve a place on the trip.
American Ethnic Studies: New England
Australia: Wildlife Biology
Cambodia: Ministry & Business
Central America: Medical Missions, Guatemala
Central America: Medical Missions, Honduras
Colombia: Latin American Studies
Cuba: Health & Exercise Science
Colombia: Spanish Language and Culture
England: Literature and Writing
Germany/Austria: Public Relations
Greece/Italy: Communication Studies
Hawaii: Ethnic Studies
India: Religion & Language
Israel: Biblical Lands
Italy: Art & Humanities
Japan: Political Science
Puerto Rico: Summer Spanish Institute
South Africa: Ethnic Studies
UK Semester Study Abroad
Ukraine: Communication Studies
*Other programs not confirmed at the time of publication may be offered.
Study Abroad Collaborative Programs
Lee University supports off-campus study programs that are sponsored by outside organizations like Atelier Neo Medici (www.atelierneo-medici.com), Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies (www.ausable.org), Focus Leadership Institute (www.focusleadership.org), and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Best Semester programs (www.bestsemester.com). There are also specific programs set up in collaboration with other Christian universities where Lee students can take classes for a semester at Tokyo Christian University, Yamagata University (also in Japan,) and the Cedarville University Semester in Spain program. For more information contact the Office of Global Perspectives at email@example.com or 423.614.8357.
Best Semester Programs Include:
American Studies Program: Washington, DC
Australia Studies Centre
China Studies Program
Contemporary Music Center: Nashville, TN
India Studies Program
Latin American Studies Program: Costa Rica
Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Middle East Studies Program
Oxford Summer Programme
Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
Uganda Studies Program
Washington Journalism Center
The collaborative study programs listed immediately above are not eligible for institutionally-funded aid.