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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 credit hours). 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 or as soon as possible for transfer students. 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 are 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.
There are separate fees involved for the individually arranged study as listed below:
- Standard fee for GNST 250 - Individually Arranged Cross-Cultural Experience - $100 per credit hour
- Late fee - Charged to students who apply after the posted deadlines for a particular term - $30
- 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 250-3 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 on the Global Perspectives website: www.globalperspectives.leeuniversity.edu.
Off-Campus Study Programs
Lee University Off-Campus Student Programs
Below is a list of Global Perspectives trips typically offered by Lee University. Visit the Global Perspectives website 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.
Australia: Wildlife Biology
Central America: Medical Missions, Guatemala
Central America: Medical Missions, Honduras
China: Child Development and Culture
Colombia: Spanish Language and Culture
Ecuador: Spanish Language Institute
England: Literature and Writing
Europe: Humanities for Healthcare Professionals
Guatemala: Medical Missions
Hawaii: Ethnic Studies
Honduras: Medical Missions
India: Religion & Language
Israel: Biblical Lands
Italy: Art & Humanities
Jamaica: Deaf Studies
Japan: Language and Culture
Native American: Nursing
New England: American Ethnic Studies
New Zealand: Education
Trinidad and Tobago: Sociology
UK: Semester Study Abroad
*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 various schools and organizations. A student who chooses to take advantage of one of these opportunities is registered at Lee University while taking classes at an off-campus location. The list of current collaborative programs is below. For more information contact the Office of Global Perspectives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423.614.8357.
Best Semester Programs (www.bestsemester.com) Include:
Australia Studies Centre
Costa Rica Latin American Studies
Los Angeles Film Studies Program*
Middle East Studies Program
Nashville Contemporary Music Center*
Northern Ireland Semester
Oxford Scholars’ Semester
Oxford Summer Programme
Uganda Studies Program
Washington, D.C. American Studies Program*
* Please note that programs with an asterisk do not provide Lee University cross-cultural credit due to being domestic programs.
Collaborative Programs Include:
Accès Study Abroad French Language Program
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies (www.ausable.org)
Atelier Neo Medici
Cedarville University Semester in Spain
Chez Vous French Program
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Best Semester Programs (www.bestsemester.com)
European Theological Seminary
LCC International University (Lithuania)
NYC Journalism Center: The King’s College
Rome With Purpose (www.romewithpurpose.com)
Tokyo Christian University
The collaborative study programs listed immediately above are not eligible for institutionally-funded aid.