Language and Culture Experiential Guidelines

Language and Culture Requirement

All College of Science majors must demonstrate an understanding of another culture in addition to their own. Students may meet this core degree requirement in several ways including completion of an approved Study Abroad experience. Such an experience will meet the nine-credit Language and Culture requirement.

To secure approval, a study abroad experience must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Must take place outside the United States and meet one of the following program requirements:
    1. Program at least one semester (fall, spring) in duration.
    2. Summer program of at least seven and a half weeks duration.
    3. An approved College of Education Block Study Abroad Program.
  2. Consists of taking courses and/or working on a research project.
  3. Has significant immersion in the local culture and language independent of any US-based program in which the student may be participating.


Preapproval Process

Students will work with their Academic Advisor to:

  1. Determine the appropriateness of a study abroad experience in relation to program requirements, degree requirements and desired degree completion date,  and
  2. Complete the experiential learning preapproval process by submitting an Experiential Learning Contract and Pre-approval form.

Final Approval Process

Students are required to submit a reflection paper (minimum four double-space pages) using the Study Abroad Reflection Paper Guidelines. It is in the best interest of each student to complete a review of the guidelines before and during the study abroad experience to be sure documentation and information is readily available for construction of the reflection paper. All documentation will be collected by the Undergraduate Education Office and should be sent to Science Undergraduate Advising Office, Mathematical Sciences building, Room 231,150 N University St, MA 231, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067 or email *In the event that a study abroad program is not sponsored by the Study Abroad Office, students will send the certification form directly to their program contact.

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