Study Abroad/Missions Forum

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2:00 - 5:00 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 or Baylor missions experience. To facilitate this opportunity, the Honors Program will host a combined Study Abroad/Missions Forum at the end of fall classes. Typically, this forum is held on the first dead day before final exams, from 2:00-4:30 or 5:00 pm in Alexander Classroom.

If you have recently returned from either a (1) study abroad experience or (2) Baylor affiliated missions trip and want to provide a report, please contact Al Beck and send him the information requested at the bottom of this page. A report from a student who participated in the Baylor in Washington Program, while technically not abroad, is also acceptable for this opportunity. Please note that only mission trips affiliated with Baylor University qualify for this opportunity.

For those students considering a study abroad or Baylor affiliated missions 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.


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

1. Paper and presentation:

Write a 4-5 page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) and make a presentation at the scheduled Study Abroad/Missions 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/service 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 cross-cultural 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.

Other relevant information

  • 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 shared study abroad/missions 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/Missions Forum is only in regard to (1) academic, for-credit experiences or (2) Baylor affiliated mission trips. Other cross-cultural experiences (including non-Baylor mission trips), while immensely valuable, are not properly the subject of this Forum. .

Email Al Beck ( to present at the next Study Abroad/Missions Forum with the following information: 

  1. Name
  2. ID No. 
  3. Major
  4. Expected date of graduation
  5. Study abroad/missions location
  6. Study abroad/missions date
  7. Format preference (paper and presentation only) 
  8. Other comments

Honors Program

Morrison Hall 203
One Bear Place #97122
Waco, TX 76798-7122

(254) 710-1119