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Today, knowledge of a foreign language is more important to Americans than ever before. Foreign languages have become important because so many facets of American life - business, politics, education, the media, the arts, science, technology, and travel have become truly international in scope. Moreover, a global perspective is indispensable in enabling us to cope with a rapidly expanding world and is necessary for a serious understanding of our own country.

Study abroad is the most effective and dramatic experience by which students can broaden their international viewpoints and attain new perspectives on their own country. As one student put it "When will you ever again have a chance to become part of another country, even for a short time?" The time to study abroad is now. Earn academic credit, enhance your resume, immerse yourself in another culture, and change your life. Those who do so are preparing themselves to be citizens of the world who will thrive in the international environment of the twenty-first century.

Steps for FL&L Students Intending to Study Abroad

  1. Sign up to attend a general advising session (required for semester programs; recommended for summer and short term programs) at the Study Abroad Office. Identify programs relevant to your major and minor sponsored by an accredited college or university. If your college has a study abroad office, consult with an advisor there as well.

  2. Access your Degree Audit from Registration and Records. Look at your degree requirements. Click on the requirements to see which courses fulfill them.

  3. Obtain information about courses you want to take abroad — not just the title of the courses, but a description of their contents, requirements, etc. Have a general description of the program, especially the length of the courses, number of class hours, etc. Look at NC State's course catalog to verify the equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad. Obtain information about credit or credit hour equivalencies in the country where you plan to study. This will facilitate meeting with your advisor(s).

  4. See your major advisor first. Put together your general study abroad plan. Students should not fill out the course equivalency section of the Course Approval Form themselves. They will do this at a meeting with their advisor(s).

  5. Note that the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures can pre-approve only FL courses. For courses in other disciplines, see the director of advising of that department.

  6. For Spanish courses, see Ms. Susan Navey-Davis | for German courses see Dr. Helga Braunbeck | for courses in other foreign languages, see Dr. Scott Despain. They will discuss your general study abroad plan and do their best to pre-approve FL courses, sometimes in consultation with the appropriate language section coordinator and the student's academic advisor.

  7. Complete your study abroad program application by the deadline.

  8. Apply for funding to study abroad by thescholarship deadline.

  9. Keep in mind that the pre-approval form is only a blueprint of your study abroad plan. You need to pass each course with an equivalent of a 'C' [70%] or better to receive credit from NC State. Courses that fulfill FL major or minor requirements must be taught in the target language, not in English.

  10. Save the syllabus and an example of representative work from the course in case review is needed for determining transfer equivalence (electronic files are preferred).

  11. Transcripts: Especially if you are going on a non-NC State sponsored program - make sure that your program sends an official transcript to the Study Abroad Office. After the SAO receives your transcript, you will be notified about how to proceed. Without an original transcript on file at NC State, transfer credit cannot be processed.

  12. Note that course offerings may change when you arrive at your destination, or you may find other courses that interest you, or courses may be added, canceled, etc. In these cases you will need to contact the appropriate advisor(s) to obtain pre-approval of courses.

  13. The FLL advisors will assist you to the best of their ability, but students need to take responsibility and follow these guidelines for successful study abroad transfer credit. Following these steps will assure you of a successful study abroad experience and the correct transfer of credit.