General Education Abroad

  • Global Civilizations & Cultures (College of Arts & Sciences)

    The "Global Civilizations & Cultures" (GCC) course component of the Culture Studies requirement is automatically satisfied on any IU-administered or co-sponsored semester or academic year program since most of the course work on these programs is cultural in nature.

    Some summer study abroad programs (listed below) offer courses which are accepted for GCC credit.

    Summer Course Examples

    Alcala-CIEESpanish Culture & CivilizationHISP-S 411
    Alcala-CIEEContemporary Spain: the 20th & 21st CenturiesHISP-S 411
    Alcala-CIEESpain in Images: Spanish Society through FilmHISP-S 328 
    Alcala-CIEEIntroduction to Literary AnalysisHISP-S 328
    FlorenceRenaissance FlorenceFRIT-M 234
    GrazAustrian CultureGER-G 361
    Paris-IESHistory of ParisFRIT-F 362
    Paris-IESContemporary French Civ.FRIT-F 363

    Non-IU Programs

    If you need GCC credit for coursework on a non-IU program, you should identify possible courses on the program that are similar to GCC courses at IU and then submit a petition form. In general, courses will be considered for GCC credit if they have an in-depth focus on some aspect of the culture of the country/area in which you will be studying, but courses must be individually approved by the College. Courses can only be evaluated for GCC credit after they have been completed. You should bring back all relevant course materials, such as course descriptions, syllabi, lists of texts studied, exams, and papers.

  • World Languages and Cultures (Campus-wide)

    The World Languages & Cultures requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways: language study, world culture courses, or an approved international experience. 

    To use international experience to satisfy the requirement, students must complete...

    • An approved* study abroad program or approved* study abroad internship of at least six credit hours and at least six weeks abroad in duration
    • A combination of two programs totaling 6 credit hours
      • The international experiences must, at a minimum, be three weeks abroad in duration.
      • The student must earn at least 3 credit hours from the program for it to count as half of the 6 credit hour requirement.
      • The language of instruction of these programs may be English or another world language, and the site of instruction may be any country except the United States.

    *Approved study abroad or international internship programs include any IU-administered, IU co-sponsored, or IU faculty-led program. Students participating in a Non-IU program may receive approval by the Office of International Admissions through the completion of the Credit Transfer Agreement Form by the deadline.

  • General Education Common Ground: A&H and S&H Requirements

    Students can fulfill General Education Common Ground Arts and Humanities (A&H) and Social and Historical (S&H) on Overseas Study adminstered or co-sponsored programs. Courses that have been approved to fulfill one of these requirements will be noted on the course equivalencies lists. Students should consult with their study abroad advisor if they wish to have additional courses reviewed for General Education credit. Students participating on Non-IU programs should refer to the course review process described in the Non-IU procedures.