The most common customized courses are the language courses. If the program’s dates don’t match up to ISA’s, or you just want to offer a 21-contact hour introduction to French with a focus on fashion phrasing and vocabulary, we can contract a professor to teach that. In close second, we often customize cultural ‘content’ courses with a focus relevant to your course. So Czech history and culture focuses more on the design and building of its castles than just its royal inhabitants; or a Costa Rican ecotourism course with visits for an economics program. We can provide you a syllabus as a starting point, pulling from our resources for courses abroad, or you can provide us with yours.
Here’s why customizing a course is a great idea for your program:
- Flexible dates and meeting times that can fit around your schedule.
We can incorporate visits and guest lectured into the course, too.
- Language courses can focus on phrases relevant to your course.
i.e. Business Spanish or Medical Arabic.
- We can include a host-university transcript, or it credit could come from your university.
Should it be a standard three-credit course? Should it just be non-credit bearing, survival Spanish?
- A local professor means international perspective for your discipline.
You could also co-teach, if you would like.
- You keep academic control.
Show students an applied curriculum in a variety of ways.
Ohio University needed a Brazilian culture course and worked with ISA and our host university in Florianópolis to develop one. This course was such a success it is now offered as part of the ISA program as well!