As the world becomes more internationally connected, it is important to engage across various cultures with an appreciation for multiple perspectives and identities. You will gain a stronger understanding of your own background and develop a sense of respect and empathy for others. As a result, you will be better prepared to address global issues and contribute to the improvement of international understanding.
By engaging in this thematic area, you will make progress towards learning how to…
- Develop practical travel skills that promote safe, stimulating, and productive travel throughout your life.
- Summarize the interconnectedness of geography, history, cultural traits and world issues.
- Articulate the interdependence of professional fields to address current and impending global issues such as technology, the environment, human rights, or politics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity by acknowledging the impact of their own identity and the experience of social norms, customs, or beliefs that are different from their own.
- Demonstrate a sense of empathy, respect, and appreciation for others to build meaningful cross-cultural collaborations toward mutual growth and prosperity.
Proposal Considerations Expand
Prior to beginning your proposal, review our International Travel web page.
- Itinerary - Include a copy of your itinerary, especially if you are participating in a short term program
- Connection to Academic Theories - What classes have you taken and what articles and books have you read to prepare yourself to dive into this new culture? In what other ways are you preparing for this experience?
- Budget - Your budget needs to reflect that you have a grasp on the expenses you will incur. If you do not have the final numbers, then you need to at least have strong estimates - this means that you need to do research into the cost of plane tickets, accommodations, food, and ground transportation and cite the sources where you find your numbers. If you are traveling with a program - then list the source from which you are pulling your numbers.
Some Related Books, Resources and Theories Expand
- Going Abroad: How to Travel Like an Anthropologist by Robert Gordon
- In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration by Nancy Foner
- Introducing Global Issues edited by Micheal T. Snarr and D. Neil Snarr
- The City: A Global History by Joel Kotkin
- #InstagrammingAfrica: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism by Lauren Kascak with Sayantani DasGupta
- “The Political Economy of International Trade”, Milner, Helen V. Annual Review of Political Science, 1999, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p91, 24p