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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. 

Please note, for international relations majors, these programs satisfy the internship/study abroad requirement. 


Fall 2020 Offerings

Learn about the basics of virtual programs by watching the Fall 2020 Virtual Global Experiences video.

Virtual Learning Experiences

There are a number of opportunities to take classes virtually from international programs. For this fall, 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 August 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 compreensive way - allowing students to understand the socio-cultural relaities 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 vlue source to the learner. Beyond live, in-person lessons with qualified instructors, students will be provided with a data bank of specific online matrial 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: September 7 - October 30, 2020
Academics: 3-12 credits

Courses can be selected individually or as packages.

Academic Structure

Weeks 1-2: Intensive Italian Language (two-week intensive front loaded course, 3 credits) - all levels offered
Weeks 3-8: Italian Language (3 credits) + choice of content courses (3-6 credits)

Course Offerings:
Language:

  • Intensive Italian
  • Italian Language

Content Course (taught in English)

  • Intercultural Dialogue, Democracy and Global Citizenship
  • Greed, Politics, and the Arts in the Renaissance

Content Courses (taught in Italian)*

  • History of Italian Cuisine
  • Art History: The Middle Ages
  • Food as Medicine 

*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 languae experience or are at a beginner level, you must first take intensive Italian or take Italian Language along with the Italian Content 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:

Street View of Siena

Siena, Italy

Photos: Siena, Italy 

AMIDEAST

Locations: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia

Apply by August 1, 2020 through AMIDEAST's Application

AMIDEAST is an orgaization 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.

For the first time this fall, 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 devloping your understanding of global awareness and interculturalization.

Progam Dates: August 24 - December 18, 2020
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 deisigned 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 have a number of academic options that are 3-credit courses or one 8-credit course. 

  • Blended Arabic (8 credits) Colloquial Arabic (3 credits) Media Arabic (3 credits)
  • Community Based Learning (3 credits)
  • Political Systems of the Maghreb (3 credits)
  • Gender, Islam, and Society (3 credits)
  • Traditional Islamic Arts (3 credits)
  • Moroccan Cinema and Politics (3 credits)

For classes that have 8 credits associated with them, students would have 5 synchronous hours a week with their instructor, 1 synchronous hour a week with a local language partner, and 1 asynchronous hour a week for work with the instructor and language partner.

For clases that have 3 credits associated with them, students would have 2 synchronous hours a week with their instructor and 1 asynchronous hour a week to work with the instructor.

All synchronous (live) sessions of courses will be held between Monday and Friday, 11:30 am Eastern time/8:30 am Pacific time and 6:00 pm Eastern time/3:00 pm Pacific time. Attendance in synchronous (live) sessions is mandatory and factored into the course grade.

More information about academics can be found through AMIDEAST's Virtual Learning Courses webpage.

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:

Scholarships:

Students who wish to take 6+ credits with AMIDEAST can also apply for need-based scholarships. Scholarship information can be foudnd through AMIDEAST's Scholarship Information webpage.

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 August 17 for Fall 1 and 2 Terms through Webster University's Applicaiton

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 fall, 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.

Fall 1 Term

Program Dates: August 24 - October 16, 2020
Course title: PHIL2080/RELG2030: Virtual Greek Mythology & Religion
Academics: 3 credits
Course schedule: T/Th from 10:00 AM - 12:20 PM EST; a mix of sychronous and asynchronous learning

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of mythology and relgion through virtualization. This kind of education has led to a multitidue 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 standoint 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.

Fall 2 Term

Program Dates: October 26 - December 18, 2020
Course title: ANSO3100/ILC2150[GLBL][INTL]: Virtual Modern Greek Society & Culture
Academics: 3 credits
Course schedule: T/Th from 10:00 AM - 12:20 PM EST; a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning

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 alysis 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 fall, internship offerings are through Kaya Responsible Travel (Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam) and FSD Jinja Uganda (Uganda).

    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 August 14, 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: September 3 - December 4, 2020
    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 August 21st 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. 

      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 postive 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 opportunitity 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: September 28 - December 7, 2020
      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: 


      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 Bulliten, 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.