Global Studies majors are strongly urged to gain experiential knowledge of the countries or thematic concerns they are studying through participation in an approved Study Abroad program appropriate to their concentration. Every effort will be made by the curriculum to fully integrate study abroad courses into the major. Students should seek guidance from the Study Abroad office as well as major and college advisers in planning their study abroad program. Once they have done this, they must receive course approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the major prior to departure for a program abroad. Students should not assume that they will receive any major credit unless programs are pre-approved. Contact Dr. Jonathan Weiler, Director of Undergraduate Studies, for more information. Once you have completed your study abroad program, you must fill out course approval forms through the study abroad office. The link for those forms is here.
Students may receive FL credit while they are abroad. However, they must receive approval from the home language department. So, if you want approval for Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese courses, for example, you must receive approval from the Romance Languages department. For Chinese, or Japanese, from Asian Studies. And so on. GLBL cannot approve language courses. We defer to the judgment of the relevant language department.
Students may receive credit for up to three courses toward the major from any one UNC-approved semester abroad program. This includes UNC programs abroad sponsored by various academic units, such as Honors, and administered by the Study Abroad office. Courses taken abroad can only be used in the theme/area concentration portion of the major. Students may not receive credit for core courses while abroad. Students should also not expect to receive major credit for their geographic area, if they study abroad outside of their area. For example, if your area of focus is Africa, and you study abroad in China, you may not receive Africa area credit, even if you take an Africa-related class while studying in China. With the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, a student who completes more than one semester abroad may receive credit for up to four courses toward the major in one academic year, or a maximum of five courses toward the major if studying abroad more than one academic year. All requirements that apply to courses taken in residence at UNC also apply to study abroad courses.
Important note on writing an honors thesis: In order to graduate with honors in Global Studies, students must complete all requirements associated with the thesis. This includes completing both semesters of the honors thesis writing seminar—691H, which students take in the Fall of their senior year, and 692H, which students take in the Spring of their senior year. Students who wish to study abroad and write an honors thesis need to plan accordingly.
Please also remember, UNC categorizes the risk level of traveling to foreign countries based on U.S. Department of State and/or Centers for Disease Control travel notices. According to those notices and UNC’s subsequent categorization of a country’s risk level, certain conditions or restrictions on university-related travel may apply. For detailed information on UNC’s categorization of risk level and applicable conditions and restrictions, please refer to the University Policy Concerning Study, Travel, and Research in Countries Under U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices, which you can find here.
If you are a Global Studies major, you may be eligible to apply for the Global Studies Summer Experience Awards, awarded each Spring. This very limited funding can be used for globally oriented experiences. Awards are approximately $1000 (and may be less) based on student need and available funding. Applications will be due February/March. Click here for more information.