Virtual Global Experiences at IAU
IAU is pleased to offer Virtual Global Programs during the semester and summer terms for students from all backgrounds. These virtual programs draw on IAU's expertise in experiential-based learning while taking advantage of IAU’s wide network of professional contacts in France, Spain, Morocco, the United Kingdom, as well as countries in Latin American and Asia. Students will choose from academic courses, global internships, consulting projects, social impact practicums/experiential learning projects, and virtual courses to customize their virtual experience.
“I was proud with not only what I was able to produce for the company, but also how much I have grown since the beginning of the internship in June. It was wonderful receiving good feedback on the videos I created and on my translation of documents, as it showed that the time I dedicated to them was worthwhile. I was then both proud and surprised to see how much my French-speaking skills had improved in such a short amount of time.”
Summer 2020 Virtual Global Internship Student
- Virtual Global Internships (3 credits): This experience is designed to immerse students in a multicultural professional space through virtual means. A special effort is placed on helping students develop the skills required to enter the professional world and navigate cross-cultural entrepreneurial environments. This hands-on experience is complemented by an academic component, which guides students through the experience and helps them strategically reflect on challenges, accomplishments, and personal and professional development. Students are intentionally placed based on interests and skillsets in organizations in France with the aim to build their professional network through industry-specific training. While fluency in Frenchh is not required, some placements may require some knowledge of French while others may require more advanced levels. The 3-credit internship placement is 120 hours accompanied by academic, professional development and evaluative components.
- Virtual Consulting Projects (3 credits): In this experience, students will engage in an industry-specific consulting project led by a professor in partnership with international organizations, where the organizations present a problem for the students to solve. Students apply strategic consulting practices to provide recommendations on how the organization might solve the issue/problem at hand. At the end of the course, students share their recommendations with the organization through a virtual professional presentation.
- Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects (3 credits): The Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects are academic courses that have an experiential learning project component. These project-based courses are offered within specific academic fields where students apply the skills they have learned to real-world problems and scenarios in partnership with international organizations and IAU community partners. The course focuses on both the theoretical and experiential realms of course topics, in a variety of disciplines, enabling students to develop skills, knowledge, and values from practical experiences and ongoing reflection. Practicum courses can involve research, social impact initiatives, and community-based learning activities, theatre, art, or project-based work, which is related to the course material.
- Virtual Courses (3 credits): IAU offers a wide range of virtual courses in disciplines such as archaeology, art, art history, business, cross-cultural studies, history, international relations, museum studies, political science, sociology, and more.
Courses and Credits
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process; Students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their application.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797,Specific registration instructions will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
IAU Global Experiences are open to all ranks and majors. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications by the Ohio State application deadline:
1. OIA Education Abroad Application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. IAU Application
IMPORTANT: Both applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Students will pay the IAU program fee directly to IAU. A $250 deposit is due upon admission, which will be applied toward the program fee.
A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021.
Students participating in online global programs will also be assessed a $50 administrative fee by Ohio State. If the student withdraws or becomes ineligible, they may be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA’s Cancellation Policy.
Virtual programs may be eligible for use for a STEP Signature Project. Please contact email@example.com
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline. Please pay special attention to the Global Online Learning Scholarship
Virtual programs may be eligible for use for a STEP Signature Project. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Register for the Zoom session here.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.