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Coursework for College Study Abroad Programs

Building on Dragons 25+ years of implementing experiential and cross-cultural educational programs, College Study Abroad Programs offer students the opportunity to complete one semester of coursework while also developing essential language competence, regional knowledge, research experience, and intercultural understanding. College Study Abroad students enroll in 12-16 semester credits, depending on personal preference and home school requirements. We typically offer four courses (4 credits each) during the semester, with offerings varying based on student interest and faculty availability. These academic offerings have been carefully designed with the support of our School of Record. Included below is a overview of possible course options.

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Regional Seminar (ASIA/GLOS 310, ASIA/GLOS 320, ASIA/GLOS 330; LAS/GLOS 340; 4 credits)

This course provides students with a background in regional history and politics that is specific to each host country. Course topics may include modern history, social issues, vulnerable populations, religious traditions, and/or human rights.

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Language Study (CHIN, HIND, NPL, or SPAN 150/250/350; 4 credits)

Depending on the program location, students enroll in a Mandarin, Hindi, Nepali, or Spanish language course. Students participate in language lessons which focus on increasing verbal competency, building vocabulary, improving grammar, and, in some cases, learning new how to read and write in a new script or writing system. characters. Courses are offered at three different levels in order to accommodate varying levels of proficiency.

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Intercultural Communication (COMM 301; 4 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of essential intercultural communication theories as well as the key skills needed to apply theories in interactions. Students focus on critical intercultural communication frameworks, scholarship, and applications.

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Independent Study Project (ISP): Methods and Application (ANTH/ISP 325; 4 credits)

This course is focused on providing students with a basic understanding of ethnographic research methods and skills, while also giving students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in a topic of study.

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Intercultural Development and Global Citizenship (GLOS 211; 4 credits)

Drawing from culturally diverse models of leadership and epistemology, this course examines topics such as intercultural and interpersonal communication skills, various leadership styles, and the roles and responsibilities of global citizenship.

To read full course descriptions and to download sample syllabi, please visit individual College Study Abroad program pages: China, India, Nepal, South America.


School of Record

Dragons works in partnership with Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. As Dragons School of Record, Naropa University provides oversight and guidance on academic aspects of the College Study Abroad Programs. After a students successfully completes a College Study Abroad Program, they receive a transcript from Naropa University. Naropa University Logo

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