Global Understanding Component

All students in the HIED program must complete the Global Understanding Requirement.  By meeting this requirement, students will demonstrate an understanding of higher education and student affairs in a non-U.S. cultural context.  This requirement is the HIED program alternative to a foreign language requirement. 


Opportunities

You will consult with your advisor to develop a plan to satisfy the Global Understanding Requirement.  The requirement may be met by one of the following:

  1. HESA Study Tour: Participate in one of HESA's annual two- to three-week summer study tours. 
  2. International Internship: Participate in one of HESA's summer internships.  You must immerse yourself in the host culture for at least one month.   
  3. BGSU Course: Enroll in a BGSU course (e.g., Comparative Higher Education, International Education Policy) that examines the effect of cultural elements (e.g., history, sociology, politics, religion, economics) on postsecondary education.  
  4. Independent or Directed Study: Collaborate with a faculty member to explore a particular culture or the influences of that culture on postsecondary education.
You are not limited to the aforementioned opportunities.  Creativity and originality are encouraged.  Please consult with your advisor to determine how the Global Understanding Requirement may be met.  The requirement must be completed before your preliminary exams.  

If you are a citizen of another country (not the United States), you must demonstrate understanding of a culture's impact on postsecondary education in a culture other than your own. 


Past Internships

HIED students have interned throughout the world as a part of the Global Understanding Requirement.  Explore where HIED students have lived and worked abroad. 

Jeremy Doughty
South Africa
2014

Beth Hoag
United Kingdom
2014

Abi Kennedy 
New Zealand
2013

Jude Leary 
Mexico
2012

Leilani Kupo
China
2008

Lisa Kirchner
England
2008

Jeff Kegolis
Australia
2007

Leilani Kupo
New Zealand
2007

Cathy Swick
France
2005

Tamara Rice
New Zealand
2005

Bob Stowe
Australia
2002

Sally Jackson
Ukraine
2002

Janice Gerda
Ireland
2002

Cheryl Conley
England
2001

Andrew Rivers
Scotland
2001

Janice Gerda
Bulgaria
2000

Gretchen Lohman
Scotland
2000

Bill Arnold
Botswana
1999

Rena Murphy
Scotland
1999


Resources

BGSU Education Abroad provides several links to government agencies, travel guides, airlines, and travel information.