Intercultural Experience Requirement

Intercultural Experience Requirement

The Global Studies Major requires a significant intercultural experience (minimum 10-weeks) to fulfil the major requirements. This requirement is a core component of our program. The experiential learning requirement is most often fulfilled by study abroad or an internship abroad, chosen from the extensive opportunities available through the Global Education Oregon (GEO) program. Students may also fulfill this requirement through pre-approved, well-formulated domestic (US, Oregon, and/or Eugene) experiences. Please consult with your faculty advisor to tailor your plans for your personal academic and professional aims.

Approved field experiences for the Global Health Minor may count toward the intercultural experience requirement, but do not automatically fulfill it. The time commitment for the International Studies requirement is different from that of the Global Health Minor. Please reach out to an advisor or the Undergraduate Support Team at if you have questions!

Visit the Hands-on Learning page for more ways to fulfill this requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find information about study abroad opportunities?

The GEO Study Abroad Office is located in 330 Oregon Hall or more information can be found on the GEO website. They can provide you with detailed information about available programs in various regions, as well as scholarship opportunities.

How can I apply my study abroad credits to my Global (International) Studies major?

If you know the subject code for your study abroad courses, please use the Registrar’s course equivalency tool to determine how the course can transfer to the UO. If you have the syllabi for your study abroad coursework, contact a Global Connections advisor to discuss how the course will fit into your GLBL Major.

Do I have to complete my intercultural experience in my geographic focus area?

Although we encourage students to travel to their geographic region of focus (Block C), you are not limited to this region. Students can complete their intercultural experience in other regions in pursuit of credits for their language proficiency and/or professional concentration area. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Do I have to complete the 10-week requirement during one trip?

No. Students can complete separate intercultural experiences to achieve the 10-week minimum requirement. For example, a 3-week summer program in Mexico, followed by a 7-week internship in Spain the next winter.

Am I limited to finding a study abroad program as my only overseas option?

No. We invite students to participate in any supervised intercultural experience of their choice. This includes internship and volunteer opportunities.

Can I get academic credit for my internship/volunteer experience abroad?

Yes. One of the easiest ways to receive academic credit for an intercultural internship is to go through the GEO Study Abroad Office.

However, you can also find an internship on your own. Prior to completing your internship or volunteer experience abroad, you should consult your Faculty Advisor and complete an Internship Application and Contract.

Upon completion of your internship, you must submit one copy of an internship report (explained below) to your internship faculty advisor and the INTL Undergraduate Support Team (, as well as a letter of confirmation and evaluation from the organization with which you did the internship. Finally, you will need to register for individual study credits with your internship faculty advisor, of which four credits can be applied to your Block B and 4 to your Block C. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisors with specifics on registration.

What if I don’t need/want to receive academic credit for my international internship/volunteer experience?

That is completely fine. In order to fulfill your 10-week intercultural experience requirement, you must compose a report of your internship/volunteer experience and submit it to the GLBL Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Support Team (

The internship report (15-­‐20 pages) must contain the following information:

  • A description of the organization, its mission statement, and the clientele it serves
  • A description of your specific duties and the clientele you served, including what you actually did on the internship (hours, details of work, etc.)
  • How being a GLBL major prepared you for this work, and how any GLBL or UO courses helped in preparation for the experience
  • Reflections on the experience regarding what you learned from this internship and how you anticipate this internship will contribute to your future goals and future career

In addition, a letter of confirmation and evaluation from the organization with which you did the internship should be included, so we know you were where you said you were.

Are there resources or scholarships to help me cover my costs for going abroad?

Yes! We offer departmental scholarships exclusive to GLBL majors who are preparing to complete their overseas experience. Several other scholarship opportunities are available through the College of Arts and Science and the GEO Study Abroad Office. Students have also been successful in receiving financial support when asking their other major or minor departments.

Confirming your Intercultural Experience on your Degree Guide

For experiences that have been pre-approved by the Global Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies for the GLBL Major’s Intercultural Experience requirement, in order for students to have their experience counted on their degree guide, they must do the following:

  1. Complete the experience and either: a) earn credit (and have that credit reflected on your transcript) and, or b) complete the necessary Internship Report.
    • See instructions for required Internship Report on our FAQ under “What if I don’t need/want to receive academic credit for my international internship/volunteer experience?”
  2. Once the experience is completed, set an appointment with a Global Connections Advisor.
    • The Global Connections Advisor will fill out the survey form necessary for department review.
  3. After grades for each term have been submitted, the Undergraduate Coordinator will review all submitted experiences and provide the necessary information to the Registrar so the experience can be recorded on the student’s Degree Guide.

Once a student has notified a Global Connections Advisor of their completion of the experience, they should not expect to see the experience show up on their Degree Guide until the following term.

Intercultural Experiences During COVID-19 Restrictions:

Are you an GLBL major seeking to fulfill your Intercultural Experience requirement during COVID-19 restrictions? Here are some options for you!

Current Offerings

Option #1 – Summer 2022 Global Cultures Course

  • Summer 2022: “GLBL 410 – Global Cultures: Experiential & Project Based Learning”
  • Instructor: Dr. Kristin Yarris

Students interested in enrolling in the course should complete the following form by June 15, 2022*: 

*Please note: the original deadline of May 13th has been extended.

All form submissions will be reviewed by June 24, 2022 and students will be contacted with registration clearance for the Summer 2022 upon evaluation of their form submission.

This unique course is designed to engage students in themes and lessons that they might otherwise obtain through more traditional study, internship, or work abroad experiences. The course is structured around a series of individual and group activities. Students will choose their own geographic and topical areas and work with a small group of their peers on a final project, which will examine a wide range of topics including (but not limited to): the role of NGOs in community health and development; policy analysis related to global development and human capacities; media, communications, and public life; food, ritual, and healing systems. Activities will guide students through various aspects of their project, with a final product to be developed using a student-selected modality (e.g. traditional research paper, policy brief, social media account, blog, etc.).

  • These courses will be 4-credit courses and will completely satisfy the following requirements:
    • Global/International Studies major Intercultural Experience Requirement*
    • Global Health minor Fieldwork Experience Requirement
  • This course will offer priority enrollment to the following students still seeking to fulfill their experiential learning requirement:
    • Junior & Senior-level Global/International Studies majors
    • Junior & Senior-level Global Health minors

*Courses may be eligible to fulfill other GLBL/INTL major requirements (Block B or C electives), but cannot count for both these requirements and the major Intercultural Experience requirement. Please reach out to Julia at if you have questions.

Option #2 - Summer 2022 Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice of Bolivia - #NoPassportNeeded

Global Studies professor Derrick Hindery will co-teach this course with Bolivian professor Jose Martinez (Quechua) and Bolivian environmental scientist Zulma Villegas Students will collaborate with Bolivian Indigenous peoples and learn how environmental justice, social justice, and Indigenous rights are intertwined.

The course runs from June 21 to July 16. Class will meet on Zoom Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-1pm.

GEO program page.

Click here to access the application.

Option #3 - GlobalWorks Virtual Internships - Academic Year 21-22 #NoVisaNeeded

GlobalWorks is offering #NoVisaNeeded Virtual Internships during the 21-22 Academic Year. See the GlobalWorks website for more details and to apply.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 15
  • Winter: September 15
  • Spring: January 15
  • Summer: March 15

Start Dates

  • Fall: Mid/late October
  • Winter: Mid/late January
  • Spring: Mid/late April
  • Summer: Late June

Program Length

  • 8 weeks*

Working Hours

  • 20-40 hours/week

*For AY20-21 and AY21-22, the Department of Global Studies is allowing students to use this 8-week experience to fully satisfy their Intercultural Experience Requirement for the major.

Option #4 - Other #NoPassportNeeded Experiences

Steps to confirm your #NoPassportNeeded experience can count towards your Intercultural Experience Requirement:

  • Visit Global Education Oregon's website for other #NoPassportNeeded enrollment options. Find an opportunity that aligns with your studies as an International/Global Studies major.
  • As is standard for international experiences that satisfy the Intercultural Experience Requirement, these experiences should equate to a full-time 10 week experience (roughly 40 hours per week x 10 weeks = 400 hours).
  • Meet with a Global Connections Advisor to discuss how this opportunity fits in with your goals as an International/Global Studies major.
  • Work with a Global Connections Advisor to submit a proposal for having this opportunity count towards your Intercultural Experience Requirement.
  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies will review and confirm if your proposed #NoPassportNeeded experience can count towards your Intercultural Experience Requirement (pending a passing grade of course).

Additional Options - Require case-by-case Director of Undergraduate Study approval

Individualized Study Registration required, with credits overseen by faculty supervisor. Can be completed any term.

  • GLBL 401- Research
  • GLBL 403 - Thesis
  • GLBL 405- Reading
  • GLBL 406- Field Studies
  • GLBL 409 - Practicum

These experience proposals can include remote internships or local/domestic experiences.

As is standard for international experiences that satisfy the Intercultural Experience Requirement, these experiences should equate to a full-time 10-week experience (roughly 40 hours per week x 10 weeks = 400 hours).

Reach out to for information on Individualized Study Course registration and to connect with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss your proposal ideas.

Other ideas - Require case-by-case Director of Undergraduate Study approval

Students may submit proposals for other courses/opportunities to count - those will also be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For example, if you want to participate in an intensive language study you might consider putting together a proposal for that experience to count towards your Intercultural Experience Requirement.

Reach out to for information about connecting with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss your proposal ideas.