Yes. Although the cultural differences may not seem as pronounced, there are subtle and not-so-subtle differences involved in any study and living experience undertaken outside of Canada.
Yes. We do not specify a minimum length of time during which you must undertake study abroad in order to qualify. However, your study abroad experience must be of sufficient duration to yield 6.0 units. It is also possible to count two 3.0 unit courses toward the Certificate requirements, provided that both courses are approved.
In addition to classroom study, it is expected that your study abroad experience will allow you the opportunity for social and cultural interaction in your host country. The study abroad context will be considered in approving proposed study abroad credits. Literature, history, or social science courses which offer insight into the host culture are among the ideal choices.
Students in Faculties other than Arts and Science should consult with their Faculty advisor, as we will seek the approval of the appropriate Faculty for study abroad credits. As a general rule, students should seek credits which focus on their area of study, but which are taught from the perspective of the host culture or region. Ideally, a comparative element will be included.