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Global/Cultural Requirement

The Judy Genshaft 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.

After you complete an experience, please submit documentation using this form.

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
(Required of first-year students entering Fall 2015 and after):

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

Global Experience Activities:

  • Levels 1 and 2 of a foreign language through coursework or demonstrated proficiency
  • Levels 3 and 4 of a foreign language (This counts as 2 global experiences because it also assumes proficiency in levels 1 and 2)
  • For international students whose native language is not English, a passing TOEFL/IELTS score (This counts as 2 global experiences)
  • Any Honors or Education Abroad international trip
  • Completion of the three-part Judy Genshaft Honors College Re-entry Series —Workshops hosted for students to deeply and critically reflect on the personal and professional impact of their study abroad experience(s).
  • 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 experience(s).
  • Service as a GloBull Ambassador via Education 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, Russian Studies, or Linguistics
  • Completion of the Global Citizen Award (counts as 2 global experiences, considering the high-caliber nature of the project).

Transfer and continuing students must complete this requirement.

Upon completion of each global experience, students must submit the Global Experience Form to notify the college and earn credit for their experience.

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. Students can 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 Test offered by the USF Department of World Languages
  • 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 four weeks)

Transfer and continuing students must complete this requirement.

*Please 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.

HOW TO DOCUMENT ACTIVITIES
(Applies to both Global and Cultural Experiences):

To confirm that you have completed the Cultural/Global Experience, you must submit documentation using this form. Please be sure to fill out your name and U number to help us identify the submissions as yours. The Cultural Experience (for those students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College prior to Summer 2015) requires one submission, but please be sure to select the "Cultural Experience" bubble before pressing "Submit". The Global Experience requires two separate submissions, even if the two submissions fall under the same activity. For example, if you studied abroad in London and Peru, you would enter information for London and submit it and then subsequently enter information for Peru with a new Global Experience Study Abroad form and submit it.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

  • If you studied a foreign language and would like to count it towards the Global Experience, please provide a screenshot of your Degreeworks confirming that you have received credit for the course. If you studied a foreign language and would like to count it towards the Global Experience, please provide a screenshot of your Degreeworks confirming that you have received credit for the course.
  • If you took the USF Department of World Languages Foreign Language Placement Test, please be sure to include proof of your placement level. Submissions without documentation will not be accepted for the Foreign Language Placement Test option.
  • If you are an international student whose native language is not English, you may submit a copy of your passing TEOFL/IELTS score.
  • If you are natively fluent in a non-English language, you may have a USF staff/faculty member that is also native in the same language verify your level of proficiency. You may submit a letter written by them that confirms your meeting, conversation, and level of fluency.

STUDY ABROAD
If you participated in a study abroad program, please be sure to include all relevant information, including courses and semester traveled. You must provide a separate submission for each program you have participated in (if you have completed more than one program).

INTERNATIONAL DAY
If you participated in Honors International Day, please be sure to include your Certificate of Participation as confirmation. Submissions without documentation will not be accepted.

INTERNSHIP
Internship submissions will be accepted upon completion of the internship. Documentation from your supervisor on organizational letterhead detailing the dates of your internship, amount of hours worked, duties performed, how the internship was globally-focused, etc., would be helpful to include in your submission.

RESEARCH
Research submissions will be accepted upon completion of the project. Documentation from the research itself (e.g. Office of Undergraduate Research Global Research Prospectus Approval Form) would be helpful to include in your submission.

MINORS OR CERTIFICATES
If you completed one of the minor or certificate programs listed above, please provide a screenshot of your Degreeworks confirming that you have received credit for the course(s). Submissions for this option will not be approved until all the classes for the minor or certificate are completed.

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

Global Requirement