UB Curriculum

Global Pathway - International Experience Track

The International Experience track is an exciting opportunity to complete coursework anywhere in the world and make it part of your UB Curriculum. Students can choose to take courses that would not otherwise be available at UB, improve their language skills, gain a new perspective in their field of study and expand their global awareness through studying abroad. The content here is meant to assist students in navigating the International Experience Track within the Global Pathway of the UB Curriculum. 

As with all other Pathway tracks, students must complete at least three, 3-credit classes, for a minimum of 9 credits. Two of the three courses chosen for the Global Pathway must cover two different UB Areas not satisfied by the Thematic Pathway.

A study abroad experience (short-term or semester) can be combined with Global Reflections and/or Language and Culture classes at UB to complete the Global Pathway.

 

STUDY ABROAD CAN MEET OTHER REQUIREMENTS, TOO!

Courses taken during a study abroad program (short-term and/or semester) can also fulfill other areas of the UB Curriculum outside of the Pathways. It is important to discuss your plan to study abroad with an academic advisor and a study abroad advisor early so we can help you make the most of your time abroad!

 

All Five UB Areas for the Global Pathway

Here are some examples of how study abroad can fit into the Global Pathway:

One Course Abroad

Students can choose to study abroad during the summer, fall, winter, or spring and have one of their (3-credit) courses abroad meet a UB Area (Arts, Civilization and History, Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences).

For Example:

Course 1: Overseas Program -  Study Abroad - UB Area: Arts

Course 2: Global Reflections Course (at UB) - UB Area: Languages

Course 3: Global Reflections Course (at UB) - No UB Area needed

Additionally, if students fulfill their UB Areas through coursework at UB, they could choose a study abroad program during the summer, fall, winter, or spring and have a relevant (3-credit) course abroad count as the third course in the Global Pathway. Coursework should be integrated in a clearly identifiable manner with the work from the study abroad program in order to satisfy the learning outcomes of the Global Pathway. 

For Example:

Course 1: Global Reflections Course (at UB) - UB Area: Civilization and History

Course 2: Global Reflections Course - UB Area: Social Sciences

Course 3: Overseas Program - Study Abroad - No UB Area needed

Two Courses Abroad

Students can choose to study abroad during the summer, fall, or spring and have two of their (3-credit) courses abroad meet two different UB Areas (Arts, Civilization and History, Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences).

For Example:

Course 1: Overseas Program - Study Abroad - UB Area: Arts

Course 2: Overseas Program - Study Abroad - UB Area: Languages

Course 3: Global Reflection Course - No UB Area needed

Additionally, if students fulfill one UB Area through coursework at UB, they could choose a study abroad program during the summer, fall, or spring and have two relevant (3-credit) courses abroad count as two courses in the Global Pathway (one meeting a UB Area and one not). Coursework at UB should be integrated in a clearly identifiable manner with the work from the study abroad program in order to satisfy the learning outcomes of the Global Pathway. 

For Example:

Course 1: Global Reflection Course - UB Area: Civilization and History

Course 2: Overseas Program - Study Abroad - UB Area: Social Sciences

Course 3: Overseas Program - Study Abroad - No UB Area needed

Three Courses Abroad

Students can choose to study abroad during the summer (once for at least 9 credits or multiple times for 3 credits each time), fall semester, winter (multiple times for 3 credits each time) or spring semester and have three (3-credit) courses abroad meet two different UB Areas (Arts, Civilization and History, Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences).

For Example:

Course 1: Overseas Program -  Study Abroad - UB Area: Arts

Course 2: Overseas Program -  Study Abroad - UB Area: Humanities

Course 3: Overseas Program -  Study Abroad - No UB Area needed

It is possible for the above example to be completed in one semester or one (9 credit) summer session with appropriate course planning. It is also possible for students to participate in three different study abroad programs (minimum 3 credits each) over the course of a few years and have each course abroad articulated to meet the necessary UB Areas in order to complete the Global Pathway.

UB-Approved Study Abroad Programs

Students looking to fulfill the International Experience track must complete a UB-approved study abroad program. That includes programs administered by UB as well as all programs administered by the SUNY consortium. There are hundreds of study abroad programs available throughout the SUNY system and programs vary in length and destination.

Advisors in the Study Abroad Office are ready to help you navigate these options. By completing the Thematic Pathway component of the Path Finder tool, you should have a clear understanding of which remaining UB Areas you need to fulfill through the International Experience track. Study abroad advisors will use this information to assist with your selection of a study abroad experience which could range from 3 to 15 or more credits. 

UB Semester Programs Abroad

The following semester programs, approved and administered by UB, will very likely have courses, taught in English, that could potentially fulfill the relevant UB Areas to be met in the Global Pathway (Arts, Civilization and History, Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences). Consult the How to Apply page to learn more about selecting and applying to a study abroad program.