Current Students

Global/Cultural Requirement

Global Experience (Required of first-year students entering Fall 2015 and after)

The Honors College is committed to making global awareness a critical element in the education of twenty-first century leaders.  To meet this goal, the Global Experience requirement offers students the opportunity to choose from a variety of meaningful ways to build global knowledge and to develop competency in cultural interactions.

In order to complete the Global Experience requirement for the Honors College, students must choose two of the following activities to complete, and have each approved by their advisor:

  • Levels 1 and 2 of a foreign language through coursework or demonstrated proficiency, or a passing TOEFL/IELTS score
  • Levels 3 and 4 of a foreign language
  • Any Honors or Ed Abroad international trip
  • Participation in Honors International Day as a presenter (this is an annual event where international students share their experiences living/studying in the United States while domestic students can report back about their study abroad experiences)
  • Service as a GloBull Ambassador via Ed Abroad for two semesters
  • 75 hours in a globally focused internship (e.g. State Department, UN, EU, etc.)
  • 75 hours of globally focused research tracked via the Office of Undergraduate Research (e.g. looking at women's education worldwide)
  • Complete one of the following cultural minor or certificate programs: Africana Literatures, Asian Studies, India Studies, International Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Religious Studies, or Russian Studies

Transfer and continuing students must complete this requirement.

For students interested in pursuing a more comprehensive experience to further enhance their cultural competencies, please check out USF's Global Citizens Project.


Cultural Experience (Required of students admitted prior to Summer 2015)

Students may meet the Cultural Experience requirement by demonstrating foreign language proficiency or travelling abroad.

Choose one of the following:

  • Foreign Language
    • Levels 1 and 2 of a foreign language through coursework, accelerated credits (AP, IB, AICE, Dual Enrollment), or CLEP credit (Exception: Students who receive AP credit via the Latin Vergil or Literature exams do not receive Levels 1 and 2 of coursework, however we will still honor this credit as acceptable towards fulfilling this requirement).
    • Demonstrated proficiency through the foreign language placement exam offered by the World Languages Department
    • Passing TOEFL or IELTS score

  • Studying Abroad*
    • Participation in an Honors course-based trip, or international service trip
    • Participation in a USF-sponsored travel abroad program (minimum 4 weeks)

Transfer and continuing students must complete this requirement.

*NOTE: Prior to departure, students choosing this option should plan to complete the online Cultural Experience Approval form to confirm that the trip will satisfy this requirement. Once the program has concluded, students must update this form.

Germany Trip.