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The liberal studies program helps to address student interests in a broad array of disciplines and subject matter. The program aims to give students the grounding to use knowledge as more successful thinkers, decision-makers and leaders. The liberal studies core classes are designed to promote critical and creative thinking as students learn how to draw upon diverse disciplinary perspectives and modes of inquiry, help advance communication skills, and support professional career development. Students majoring in liberal studies have become part of an international movement in higher education. This movement has proven empowering to people who are given the flexibility to explore multiple interests or approach a particular interest from various perspectives. Students are not alone in their chosen path. In fact, this program is just one of hundreds of similar programs offered in colleges and universities across the nation. The program shares with all other liberal arts and science degrees the goal of developing analytical and communicative abilities. The program offers breadth of learning in an online setting. The liberal studies degree is transdisciplinary, providing students a thematic approach to education.
Studying Abroad as a Liberal Studies Student
As a Liberal Studies student, perhaps the most valuable (and marketable) tools and skills are those learned studying and interning abroad. Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable intercultural communication skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:
With over 10 years experience directing summer internship-based study abroad programs, the evidence clearly suggests that students who have studied and interned abroad develop and demonstrate the kinds of transferable skills and perspective needed most in today’s global workplace. Our international programs provide students (from across the university) with the opportunity to experience different national and organizational cultures, ways of thinking, and approaching communication and problem solving that just isn’t possible in a traditional or online classroom environment. Students also experience deep and meaningful personal change (greater sense of confidence, more patience, tolerance for ambiguity, innovative problem solving, better time management, etc.) as a result of our programs. We offer a number of study abroad and study/intern abroad opportunities - along with a systematic and world-class global professional development curriculum. These programs will change your life and jumpstart your career!
With advance planning, you should be able to easily fit one (or more) study abroad programs within your four years at ASU. A brief timeline of possible planning for a program abroad follows:
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Spring / Summer||
|Year 2||Fall / Spring||
|Summer||If you are interested in any upcoming semester-long, Fall, or Spring programs, now is the time to be sure you understand the application process and speak with the Faculty Director.|
Optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring||
|Summer||Complete a summer internship-based study abroad program if at all possible - many students find that the internship-based programs have the greatest “bang for your buck” in terms of future employability.|
Optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring - Summer||
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
Some CISA study abroad programs program offer scholarships that are available only to program participants. Check with your individual program to see if additional scholarship opportunities exist.
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
Some of the most important qualities I’ve learned from my time abroad are flexibility, a greater sense of confidence, and a greater sense of self-discovery. I’ve learned flexibility through my internship and navigating an intercultural environment. Furthermore, being in a foreign office has forced me to be able to adapt to changes as they occur and be comfortable in an uncomfortable environment. My self-confidence has increased because, coming here without knowing anyone or knowing if I would make friends was nerve-wracking, but I embraced my confidence and pushed myself beyond my comfort zones to meet everyone sharing this journey with me.
I became more of a global citizen than I was before. I think living and working in a brand new culture was very eye opening. It makes you see things from a different perspective. I am glad I went on this trip and learned so many lessons.
Throughout my study abroad program, I have had the opportunity to learn about myself personally as well as professionally. One of the main things that I have learned throughout this trip is about pace. This trip truly taught me to take a step back and slow down and live more in the moment. The most important lessons that I have learned throughout my program and as an intern include communication, organizational culture, and motivation skills.
Although Liberal Studies majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the College of Integrative Sciences & Arts recommends the following programs.