Catalog 2015-2016

International & Intercultural Studies

Hendrix College, through the Office of International Programs, the Committee on International/Intercultural Studies, and individual faculty members and departments, promotes and coordinates overseas study opportunities for Hendrix students. These groups also aid in the development of international educational programs and activities. The Committee is made up of students, faculty members, and members of the administrative staff. 

The Committee on International/Intercultural Studies must approve students for all study abroad programs. The Committee determines holistically if each applicant has the academic and personal maturity to participate in an abroad program. A typical application will consist of GPA, student affairs record, extracurricular activities, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Although there is a minimum GPA requirement of 2.0, many Hendrix and external programs require at least a 2.75.  Additionally, students must complete the Level I writing requirement (W1) before studying abroad. Applications for all Hendrix programs are available in the fall from the Office of International Programs. 

The College sponsors student participation in several study abroad programs. The International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) provides many exciting and varied opportunities for study abroad by arranging for direct enrollment of individual Hendrix students in more than 160 colleges and universities on six continents, and allows Hendrix to bring students from overseas universities to the College. In recent years, ISEP placements have been arranged in such places as the Netherlands, Argentina, Japan, Hungary, Malta, Ghana, South Africa, Korea, Finland, Thailand, and Australia. A special direct exchange with Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, facilitates overseas studies for students interested in German. A similar arrangement with Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China, allows Hendrix students to pursue intensive Chinese language study. 

Both the Office of International Programs and the Department of Foreign Languages can provide students with information on additional options for language, cultural and literary studies abroad. The Office of International Programs seeks to expand study abroad opportunities and is exploring new programs in India and Vietnam, among others. The Director of International Programs also advises individual students on participation in programs not directly affiliated with the College. In addition, other campus organizations arrange special foreign travel, study, and activity programs such as European tours by various musical ensembles, service-learning trips organized by the Hendrix Miller Center, and summer travel opportunities. 

The College also encourages students during their junior years to explore postgraduate international study opportunities such as the Rhodes Scholarship Program, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Fulbright Fellowships, and others. Drs. Allison Shutt and Dorian Stuber are the initial contacts for information on these awards. 

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