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Virtual Semester Global Education Programs

The SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office offers several virtual global educational experiences, including virtual study abroad programs, distance learning through partners, and virtual international internships. Please find information on each of these programs below. Please contact the SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office with any questions: studyabroad@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5546. 

International relations students, please refer to this guide for information on how these virtual international relations programs will transfer. Questions? Please e-mail Professor Jeremy Grace (grace@geneseo.edu).


Spring 2021 Offerings

Virtual Learning Experiences

There are a number of opportunities to take classes virtually from international programs. For this spring, course offerings are through Siena Italian Studies (Italy), AMIDEAST (Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia), and Webster University Athens (Greece).

Expand the sections below to learn more about what courses are being offered, number of credits, application deadlines, and other information for each program.

Siena Italian Studies

 Location: Italy

Apply by November 15, 2020 through SIS's Application

SIS has adapted its unique instructional approach to convey the most important aspects of their study abroad program in Siena, Italy to those that have or have not yet been able to experience the city in person. SIS prides itself in the teaching of Italian as a second language in a comprehensive way - allowing students to understand the socio-cultural realities that are inherently tied to the Italian language.

SIS strongly believes that linking the learning of a language (and other academic subjects taught in the L2) to this specific and unique place can provide an incredible added value source to the learner. Beyond live, in-person lessons with qualified instructors, students will be provided with a data bank of specific online material that will allow the student to develop a new kind of familiarity with this place, its people and its language. This may include a series of interviews, videos, pre-recorded lectures, virtual visits and conceptual maps to help the learner apply the language to online content and familiarize themselves with the linguistic context online.

SIS online courses are designed for students who are unable to participate in an in-person study abroad experience at the moment. The courses can also be used to prepare students for their upcoming semester abroad or to complete a foreign language requirement after a single semester abroad.

Program Dates: January 17- May 2, 2021
Academics: 3-15 credits

Courses can be selected individually or as packages.

Academic Structure

Courses can be selected individually, as packages, or for a full term of academic credits.
All students have the option to take a Global Citizenship course (in English). This course is mandatory for those enrolled full-time.

Course Offerings

Language:

  • Italian (all levels)

Content Course (taught in English):

  • Greed, Politics and the Arts in the Renaissance

Content Course (taught in Italian):**

  • Art History: The Middle Ages
  • History of Italian Cuisine
  • Religione
  • Flora and Fauna of Italy


**Note: If interested in taking a content course in Italian, you must either be at an intermediate or advanced level OR if you have no Italian language experience or are at a beginner level, you must first take Italian during the first session (Weeks 1-7).

Additional Application Instructions:

With your application to SIS, you must submit an electronic copy of your transcript. This can be an official copy or an unofficial copy.

More Information:

Street View of Siena

Siena, Italy

Photos: Siena, Italy 

Siena Italian Studies Multi-Destination Program
Location: Italy/ Brussels, Belgium or Yaounde, Cameroon 

Apply by November 15, 2020 through SIS's Application

Siena Italian Studies has created a multi-destination experience with the goal of enhancing a student's learning process by allowing students to learn about several cultures as well as gaining hands-on experience by participating in an internship. The virtual internship portion of this program will be with an organization in Brussels, Belgium or Yaoundè, Cameroon.

Program Dates: January 17- May 2, 2021
Academics: 17 credits

During the first seven weeks of this program students will take:

  • French (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
  • European Development Policy (3 credits),
  • Intercultural Dialogue and Reflection (2 credits)


During the second eight weeks, students will complete an internship for six credits and will continue their Intercultural Dialogue and Reflection course.

Additional Application Instructions: 

With your application to SIS, you must submit an electronic copy of your transcript. This can be an official copy or an unofficial copy. 

More Information:

AMIDEAST

Locations: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia

Apply by December 1, 2020 through AMIDEAST's Application

AMIDEAST is an organization that sends students to the Middle East and North Africa to interact with Arab peoples and cultures, improve their Arabic language skills, and help them develop intercultural and global competence.

This spring students are invited to partake in classes taught through AMIDEAST virtually! Learn about regional Arabic cultures from staff in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan. Engage with students globally while developing your understanding of global awareness and interculturalization.

Program Dates: January 12 - May 7, 2021
Academics: 3-11 credits

"The hybrid semester combines faculty, Arabic instructors, expert guests, host community exchange partners, opportunities to engage in community-based learning, and staff from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan. All courses are designed to foster collaboration among students onsite and in the virtual environment. Cultural exchange is embedded in each course and binds each program component together" ("Virtual Learning and Cultural Exchange"). Students can take 3, 6, 8, or 11 credits through AMIDEAST in the fall semester.

Students will have the following academic options:

  • 11 credits (8-credit Blended Arabic course plus any 3-credit course, inclusion in semester cohort activities)
  • 6 credits (any two 3-credit courses, inclusion in semester cohort activities)
  • One 8-credit Blended Arabic course (inclusion in semester cohort activities)
  • One 3-credit course


Faculty from Jordan and Morocco will be teaching these courses, with guest lectures by faculty in all locations, including Tunisia, as part of the cohort activities.

More information about academics can be found here:https://edabroad.amideast.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=40551

For IR Majors:

The following courses will count towards the Developing World track: 

  • Political Systems of the Maghreb
  • Gender, Islam, and Society
  • Moroccan Cinema and Politics

The following course will count towards the War and Peace track: 

  • Gender, Islam, and Society

Additional Application Instructions: 

With your application to AMIDEAST, you must submit the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An essay
  • An official transcript

All supplementary documents can be submitted through the application form for AMIDEAST.

Other information:

 

    Petra

    AMIDEAST Photo Gallery
    Photo: Petra, an archaeological site in Jordan

    Bou Inania Madrasa - M. Moritz
    M. Moritz
    Photo: Bou Inania Madrasa in Meknes, Morocco

     

    Webster University Athens

    Location: Greece

    Apply by December 1, 2021 for Spring 1 and 2 Terms through Webster University's Application

    The Webster University Athens branch hosts the Odyssey in Athens study abroad program. It is a unique program designed to afford college students a rich cultural experience in the birthplace of Western civilization.

    Athens is a modern city with a plethora of activity. This spring, Webster University Athens is providing students with the unique opportunity to learn about Greek culture, history, and religion from Dr. Stanley Sfekas, a philosophy professor at Webster University Athens, through a virtual program.

    Spring 1 Term

    Program Dates: January 11 - March 5, 2021
    Course title: PHIL2080/RELG2030: Virtual Greek Mythology & Religion
    Academics: 3 credits

    This course is designed to introduce students to the study of mythology and religion through virtualization. This kind of education has led to a multitude of new possibilities for gaining knowledge about historical past of Western civilization, its culture, mythology, religion, philosophy, art, literature, and political institutions. Symbolic analysis is investigated from the standpoint of the theories of Campbell, Graves, and Jung. The objective of this course is to provide students with a theoretical framework for the emblematic virtual investigation of myths on the psychological, social, historical, cosmological and metaphysical levels. This is achieved through a mastery of the principles of Campbellian and Jungian philosophy.

    Spring 2 Term

    Program Dates: March 8 - April 29, 2021
    Course title: ANSO3100/ILC2150[GLBL][INTL]: Virtual Modern Greek Society & Culture
    Academics: 3 credits

    An examination of the ethnographic make-up of modern Greek society - family, gender roles, village organization, kinship. Students will explore the concepts of honor, shame, patronage, and ritual as they apply to the workplace, the marketplace, coffee-house, and church. An analysis of the ways in which Greek culture has adapted to social and economic change, including the effects of mass tourism.

    For IR Majors: This course will count towards the European Systems track.

    Other information: 

    Parthenon - S. Singh
    S. Singh
    Photo: Parthenon, a temple for Athena, in Athens, Greece

    Greek architecture - R. Posner
    R. Posner
    Photo: Greek architecture in Greece

      Virtual Internships

      There are a number of opportunities to participate in a virtual internship with international partners. For this spring, internship offerings are through Kaya Responsible Travel (Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam), FSD Jinja Uganda (Uganda), and Foundation for International Education (UK & Ireland).

      Expand the sections below to learn more about internship opportunities, number of credits, application deadlines, and other information for each program.

      Kaya Responsible Travel

       Locations: Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam

      Apply by December 1, 2020 through Kaya's Application

      Kaya is a volunteer organization that works with grassroots organizations in communities around the world. Through this program students have the opportunity to remotely engage with grassroots development work in Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, or Ecuador. This work will "contribute to a capacity building-project for an organization tackling social or environmental issues in [a] location community" ("Remote Internship Abroad").

      Why participate in a virtual internship with Kaya Responsible Travel?

      All internships are "aligned with Kaya's mission to promote sustainable social, environmental, and economic development" (Remote Internship Abroad"). Students will gain valuable cross-cultural experiences while building their resume and working with local grassroots organizations and making a lasting, positive impact in that community. Students will also interact in cultural workshops and be paired with a local person to learn more about their host-country and community.

      Program dates: February 4 - May 6, 2021
      Academics: 3 credits, students must complete a minimum of 120 hours to receive 3 credits

      Students will engage in their internships between 5-12 hours a week over the course of approximately 14 weeks. View the program specifics through Kaya's Remote Internship Abroad webpage.

      For IR Majors: This internship will count towards the Global Political Economy or Developing World tracks.

      Additional Application Instructions: 

      With your application to Kaya Responsible Travel, you must submit a copy of your resume. 

      Other information:

      Rabat, Morocco
      Photo: Rabat, Morocco

      Ecuador
      Photo: Quito, Ecuador

      Kaya Remote
      Kaya Responsible Travel
      Photo: An remote internship with Kaya is more than just a remote internship; it's a global connection.

        FSD Jinja, Uganda

        Rice Fields in Uganda

        Photo: Rice fields in Uganda

        Location: Uganda

        Apply by December 1, 2021 through FSD Uganda's Application

        This program is a joint initiative of SUNY Geneseo and FSD Uganda that provides students with the opportunity to engage in grassroots development work with a local NGO in Uganda. Students spend 15 hours a week for 10 weeks designing and implementing a development project through FSD Uganda, supplemented by training by FSD Uganda. Students have the option of completing two different types of internships: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) or Community Based Development.

        FSD Uganda's philosophy is that rather than solving deficiencies in a community, development efforts should work to augment communal assets and increase the capabilities of residents to better their own lives. In this way, FSD Uganda seeks to develop impoverished areas from the grassroots level in any way that can be permanently sustained.

        Why participate in a virtual internship?

        Engaging in a virtual internship opens you up to new learning opportunities in sustainable development while achieving positive community outcomes in Ugandan Communities. You will directly work virtually with grassroots communities in Uganda on a development sector of your choice. This will be an opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the unique approaches of grassroots development in which the community is in control, and what qualities make a development project sustainable.

        Program dates: March 6 - May 14, 2021
        Academics: 3; 15 hours/week for 10 weeks

        • View the program layout on the FSD Uganda website.
        • Students will be expected to complete a total of 15 hours a week during the morning hours (EST) to account for time difference. Hours will be broken down into 3 hours/day. Exact times will be set with the student, FSD Uganda, and the student's internship site.

        For IR Majors: This internship will count towards the Global Political Economy or Developing World tracks.

        More information: 

        Foundation for International Education (FIE)
        Location: United Kingdom or Ireland

        Apply by December 1, 2020 through FIE's application

        FIE is a London-based non-profit educational organization, providing customized partnership programs and individual student enrollment programs in London, Dublin, and Amman for undergraduate students.

        Traditional international internships develop professional, personal and cultural skills through enriching work experiences.   

        FIE Online's International Internship Course nurtures an understanding of digital cultures and hones independent working and time management skills.  The online internship consists of both the internship and the course around it – allowing you to contextualize the cultural aspect of your experience. 

        FIE's online internships span these sectors:

        • Marketing, Advertising & Design
        • Film & Video Editing
        • Charity & Non-Profit
        • Business Administration
        • Communications & Journalism

        Program dates: January 25 - April 2, 2021

        Academics: 3 credits; 15-20 hours a week for 10 weeks
        Students will engage in their internship 15-20 hours a week over the course of 10 weeks. The course component is delivered through video lectures, complemented by readings, materials and exercises. There is an online forum discussion space led by faculty for students to reflect on their internship and to discuss readings. FIE provides three one-to-one coaching sessions by an FIE Internship Mentor. These facilitate professional development, virtual competencies and career readiness. View the program specifics through their Online Internship website.

        More Information:


        Cost and Registration

        Cost of  Virtual Programs

        Full-time programs

        If a virtual study abroad program is 12 credits or more, the student will be required to enroll in the virtual program full-time and may not take additional courses through SUNY Geneseo. The student will be enrolled in 12 STAB placeholder credits. Therefore, the tuition dollars collected from the student will be transferred to the Study Abroad Office IFR account and tuition will be used to reduce the "Program Differential."

        Part-time programs

        If a virtual study abroad program is less than 12 credits, the student will be registered for the number of STAB placeholder credits as corresponding to the program. As per the Academic Load section of the Undergraduate Bulletin, students may enroll in up to 19 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters without seeking special permission.

        If the student is enrolled in 12 credits or more of coursework offered by SUNY Geneseo, no tuition dollars collected from the student will be transferred to the Study Abroad Office IFR account and no tuition will be used to reduce the "Program Differential."

        If the student is enrolled in less than 12 credits of coursework offered by SUNY Geneseo, tuition dollars collected from the student equal to the number of STAB placeholder credits, up to a maximum enrollment of 12 credits, will be transferred to the Study Abroad Office IFR account and tuition will be used to reduce the "Program Differential."

        For example, if a student is enrolled in 10 credits delivered by SUNY Geneseo and enrolls in a virtual study abroad program worth 3 credits, the Study Abroad Office will collect 2 credits of tuition to reduce the "Program Differential."

        Another example is if a student is enrolled in 4 credits delivered by SUNY Geneseo and enrolls in a virtual study abroad program worth 6 credits, the Study Abroad Office will collect 6 credits of tuition to reduce the "Program Differential."

        Given the individualized nature of each student's enrollment combination, no cost sheet will be published online. Instead students will need to request a cost sheet.

        Click to Request a Cost Sheet.

        Next Steps and Registration

        Once you have determined which program(s) you wish to participate on, you must apply directly to the international entity who is hosting the program and request an individualized cost sheet from the Study Abroad Office.

        After you have submitted an application directly to the international entity who's program you wish to participate in and have received a cost sheet, you must submit a form through Horizons for registration and billing purposes. By submitting the form, you are committing to being registered to the program you applied to and will be billed according to your personalized cost sheet.