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Study Abroad Forum

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Celtic Cross

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

3:00-6:00 pm

Alexander 115 Classroom

As outlined in the Program Handbook, a student can earn one additional Honors Unit by giving a report on a study abroad experience. To facilitate this opportunity, the Honors Program will host a Study Abroad Forum at the end of fall classes. Typically, this forum is held on the first dead day before final exams, from 3:00-5:30 pm in Alexander Classroom.

If you have recently returned from a study abroad experience and want to provide a report, please contact Al Beck and provide the information requested at the bottom of this page.

For those students considering a study abroad trip, this forum will give you a chance to hear from other students about the benefits, pitfalls, and opportunities provided by specific study abroad experiences. All Honors Program students are encouraged to attend.

Procedure:

There are two ways an Honors student can receive Honors credit for his or her study abroad experience. The first option is preferred.

1. PAPER & PRESENTATION: Write a 4-5 page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) and make a presentation at the scheduled Study Abroad Forum. A copy of the paper is due in the Honors Program office (Morrison 203) on the Friday immediate prior to the forum.

2. PAPER ONLY: Write a 12-14 page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) due in the Honors Program office on the Friday before the schedule forum.

With either option, the paper and/or presentation should address one or more of the following themes:

  • The transformation of the self through foreign study and interaction with other peoples;

  • How your experience abroad affected your perception of your foreign host country, your native country, or both;

  • How your experience influenced your academic or vocational aspirations and plans;

  • How the value(s) of honor was expressed or transformed by your cross-cultural experience;

  • The particular difficulties you encountered in your study abroad experience, and how you were able to meet or overcome them;

  • How differences in language, culture, and tradition fundamentally changed the nature, method, or outcome of the study of your academic discipline;

  • Any other theme, topic, or presentation approved by the Honors Program Director, Assistant Directors, Faculty, or Staff.

A few additional notes:

  • Students making a presentation for Honors credit need to be present for the entire forum and participate as other students make their presentations.

  • Failure to turn in the paper before the forum may result in a loss of Honors credit, even if a presentation is made.

  • The presentation does not have to be a recitation of the paper and may include other features and elements. The presentation can be a talk, slide show, PowerPoint, poster display, etc. Presentations should run about 5-10 minutes, maximum. If time permits, there will be a brief Q&A session, perhaps at the conclusion of the forum. Students who participated in a common Study Abroad experience may work together on their presentation, but each will have to write a separate paper.

  • Papers and presentations, when feasible, will be made available in the Honors College for the remainder of the semester and into the spring term.

  • The Honors Program Study Abroad Forum is only in regard to academic, for-credit experiences. Other cross-cultural experiences (including mission trips regardless of sponsorship), while immensely valuable, are not properly the subject of this Study Abroad Forum. We are, however, planning a Missions Forum for the spring that will be open to students who participated in a Baylor-related mission trip.

To make a presentation at the Study Abroad Forum, please send an email to Al Beck (Albert_Beck@baylor.edu) with the following information.

  1. Name:

  2. ID No.:
  3. Major:

  4. Expected date of graduation:

  5. Study Abroad Location:

  6. Study Abroad Date:

  7. Format Preference (Paper & Presentation or Paper Only):

  8. Other Comments: