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.
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:
- HESA Study Abroad: Participate in one of HESA's annual two- to three-week summer study abroad programs.
- International Internship: Participate in one of HESA's summer internships. You must immerse yourself in the host culture for at least one month.
- 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.
- Independent or Directed Study: Collaborate with a faculty member to explore a particular culture or the influences of that culture on postsecondary education.
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.
HIED students have interned throughout the world as a part of the Global Understanding Requirement. Explore where HIED students have lived and worked abroad.
BGSU Education Abroad provides several links to government agencies, travel guides, airlines, and travel information.