MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : INTERNATIONAL STUDY ABROAD (ISA)
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a number of courses in support of University-wide curricular and co-curricular programs. Many of these courses are offered in conjunction with other Mercer University units. The co-curricular course in International Study Abroad (ISA) is one of those programs. The course offering for this program is coordinated by the Associate Deans’ Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Office of International Programs offers a variety of programs to facilitate foreign educational experiences. These programs include semester-long and year-long exchange and transient programs, faculty-led programs and Mercer on Mission programs. Mercer University is committed to helping students take full advantage of opportunities to pursue their vocation and gain true understanding of globalization and the major cultural, political, and economic differences among modern societies through studying abroad. Mercer’s commitment is reflected in the offering of a cross-cultural preparation course to all students planning a year, semester, or short-term experience abroad intended to help students establish an awareness of their own cultural identity, as well as to give them the necessary tools to analyze and reflect upon a foreign culture, and to help them set and reach academic, personal, and vocational goals in relation to their experience abroad. This course is mandatory for all students planning a semester or year abroad and recommended for students participating in a faculty-led or Mercer on Mission experience abroad, and it is graded independently of coursework done abroad.
ISA 101. Cross-Cultural Orientation (1 hour)
Corequisite: acceptance into Mercer University’s study-abroad program through the Office of International Programs.
Students explore personal learning objectives, participate in cross-cultural competency training activities, reflect on culture-crossing focused readings and experiences, and commit to an evaluative method for determining the level of success reached at completion of term abroad. ISA courses are jointly offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Programs. (Every semester)