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MSU STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

MSU Study Abroad Programs provide IAH courses that incorporate the experiential learning experience. 

For a current list of IAH courses in MSU study abroad programs visit their Study Abroad Courses.


GUIDELINES FOR IAH COURSES

IN STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

  • All IAH courses offered through study abroad programs must be interdisciplinary and discrete in content from other course offerings. Instructors may not give credit for both an IAH course and a disciplinary course using the same syllabus (i.e., IAH courses may not be cross-listed with other departmental alpha-codes). 
  • All syllabi must be reviewed by CIS-AH each year before enrollment is opened for the course, to insure that the courses are consistent with the Guidelines for IAH Courses and MSU's Code of Teaching Responsibility. 
  •  Language instruction cannot be counted as part of the contact hours for an IAH course. No percentage of the grade may be allotted to language learning. While some courses may include instruction in a foreign language, the language learning is complementary, not the primary focus. With this in mind, students should not be graded on their competence of a language other than the language of instruction. Discussions may be held in a language other than English, but course-based instruction of the language will not occur. 
  • All IAH courses offered through study abroad programs must include a minimum of 56 contact hours, including classroom time and experiential activities. CIS-AH recommends that such programs be at least 4 weeks in length. Experiential activities must be directed or guided. When it is not possible to direct or guide the IAH course at an experiential site, students must be given clear objectives and/or study guides. 
  • The substantial proportion of course instruction is to be delivered by the instructor of record. Portions of classroom instruction may be led by guest lecturers, provided those lectures contribute to the content of the course and the course's learning outcomes. 
  • Instructors of record must hold a terminal degree in order to teach IAH on study abroad programs. 
  • When an IAH course is offered as part of a study abroad program, at least 60% of the instruction must take place abroad. IAH courses should not include significant online instruction unless it is for an on-campus portion of the course. 
  • Students taking an IAH course as part of a study abroad program must meet all prerequisites for the course. Specifically, fulfillment of the Tier 1 writing requirement is a prerequisite for IAH 201-210 courses; and completion of the IAH 201-210 requirement is a prerequisite for IAH 211-241 courses. Upon appeal by IAH program faculty, CIS-AH may consider waiving  prerequisite(s) on the basis of extenuating circumstances.