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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. 

 

Spring 2022 Offerings

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 15, 2021 for the Spring Term through SUNY Geneseo's application. Rolling application so apply early!

    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: January 20 - April 22, 2022
    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 15, 2021 through SUNY Geneseo's application. Rolling application so apply early!

      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: January 22 - April 1, 2022
      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

      Application deadline has passed.

      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: TBD

      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 Information

      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.

      Scholarships

      Apply for the Virtual Global Education Experiences Scholarship! This scholarship is a $500 scholarship. This scholarship is intended for students participating on a SUNY Geneseo Virtual Global Education Experience during the Spring term. This scholarship is for Geneseo students participating on Geneseo programs. Financial need will be considered when selecting a recipient. 

      Apply after creating your application for the Virtual Global Education Experiences application in Horizons. Apply by clicking "Search Scholarships" in your Horizons account. Application due December 15, 2021. Questions? E-mail studyabroad@geneseo.edu.