Leaders Abroad: Enhancing Your Leadership Development through the Study Abroad Experience

Study abroad can be one of the most beneficial experiences in a college student's career. Studying abroad teaches students to be independent in a way college does not. Whilst abroad, students learn to navigate new areas, currencies, and languages. In turn, this will develop their leadership skills.

Leadership experiences abroad plus class credit

There are many SDSU Exchange programs that offer courses that will potentially count towards the elective portion of the minor. If you believe that a course offered abroad should be accepted for the minor, fill out a Request for Adjustment of Academic Requirement (RAAR) form and have it approved by Dr. Gates.

 

Pre-approved programs

This course will meet on campus during the spring semester travel to Ethiopia over break. While abroad, you will be placed on a team to work in communities performing short-term projects while learning about such issues as cultural, resistance to enslavement, poverty, gender issues, educational and cultural literacy, and resistance to colonialism in Ethiopia. These experiences are designed to heighten social awareness and promote life-long social action. The focus of this course is also to highlight the historic significance of Ethiopia to Africana people worldwide.

Contact:

Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies
Office: AL 365
Phone: (619) 594-5174
E-mail: [email protected]

The mission of the alternative break is to promote service on local, regional, national and international levels through break-oriented programs that immerse students in different cultures. Alternative spring break programs will place students in communities where they perform short-term projects while learning about such issues as poverty, educational and cultural literacy, cultural connections, hunger, the environment, homelessness and health-related issues. These educational experiences are designed to heighten social awareness and promote lifelong social action. Students will perform these duties at schools, orphanages, trusts, and community centers.

Contact:

Program Leader: Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies
Office: AL 365
Phone: (619) 594-5174
E-mail: [email protected]

This program is designed to give students an opportunity to experience Cuba outside of the US imagination and popular myths that surround the country. Students will be exposed to the contemporary health care, education, and political systems of Cuba through direct contact with faculty and professionals within Cuban institutions.

Offered through SDSU Global Campus.

Maximize your study abroad experience in a two week winter break program in Rome Italy. Get a full 3 credits for Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (MGT 358). This course is needed for both the Major/Minor in Entrepreneurship; however anyone who is a student at SDSU can take this amazing course. Stretch your perspective of the world and get a new point of view and a rich set of new skills and experiences. The benefits of this course are three course credits, short time frame, a perspective of what it takes to identify great ideas/trends, learn how to evaluate the product potential and create a company and the opportunity to visit the best cities in Europe and potentially create a rewarding study abroad experience.

Offered through SDSU Global Campus.

Entrepreneurship is about creating and building something of value from practically nothing. An entrepreneur is someone who creates or seizes an opportunity and relentlessly pursues it without regard to the resources currently controlled. Within the broadest definition, entrepreneurs are found throughout all facets of business and in any area of the world. Any firm, if it is to survive and prosper, must have some measure of entrepreneurial drive.

Entrepreneurship as a business activity is flourishing around the world. Entrepreneurs are riding an innovation wave, creating wealth and jobs in the process. Entrepreneurship represents a paradigm shift in the way we think about, teach and conduct business activity.

Offered through SDSU Global Campus.

This course introduces participants to concepts of global leadership, social justice identity, diversity and inclusion through experiential learning. The group examines the history, culture, politics, economics, education, and the arts in the Dominican Republic, with particular emphasis on the West African impact on Dominican culture. Through the lens of diversity inclusion and social justice, the intersections of class, race, gender and Afro-Latino identity are also explored.

Offered through SDSU Global Campus.

Contact:

Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University

 

This program explores the nature of intercultural communication including an exploration of the basic principles of mindful communication and introspection and how to apply them.  Woven throughout is an in-depth look at the culture of Thailand. Through class lectures, guest presentations, and visits to sites in Thailand, students will explore the nature of intercultural communication, including all related terminology and theory; will actively practice and participate in intercultural competence; will become more aware of the surrounding culture through observations, interviews, and intercultural contact; will understand the intersection between mindfulness and communication competence; and will learn and practice introspection and self-reflexivity.

Offered through SDSU Globald Campus.

Contact:

Michael McHan, Lecturer, Communication, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University 

This class is a week intensive study of international relations, human rights, and diplomacy. The core component of this class will focus on understanding the European Union foreign and security policy, as well as analyze the role of the EU in promoting respect for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights as fundamental elements of its bilateral and multilateral external relations.

Offered through SDSU Global Campus.
 

Students will get an understanding of gender issues and its crisis in a country that is in a post-Soviet era; students will be exposed to the history and politics of gender issues tracing this problem back to pre-Soviet and post-Soviet eras. Students will learn about gender relations in Georgia through in-class lectures, visits to non-government organizations and participation in community-based organizations. Students will also be exposed to the politics, security issues, peace plans, and history of the region and its relationship to the West in more recent decades. In this course, students will address key questions related to gender and LGBT issues in Georgia and focus particularly on the intersection of ethnicity and class. These issues are important stratification in Georgian society.

Offered through SDSU Global Campus.

The Educational Poverty Alleviation Project, initiated by Tsinghua University in 2003, is a public project aimed at benefiting China's poverty-stricken areas. The goal is to provide people in underdeveloped areas with the opportunity to utilize high-quality educational and training resources through the support of modern technology. The program's ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty by spreading knowledge.

During this program, the Voluntary Teaching Program groups American, British, and other international students with Tsinghua University students to teach English and/or provide culture lectures and intercultural communication exercises to local school students of all ages in rural settings throughout China. Volunteers can prepare teaching plans and materials in relation to such things as English movies, stories, pictures and so forth, or prepare some lectures to introduce their country, hometown, university, and their personal experience in order to expand the locals’ horizon of the world. SDSU students typically serve as English language specialists and provide language instruction. The program begins with training and instruction at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Student groups are then sent to their assigned rural locations where they spend a majority of the program, returning to Tsinghua University prior to ending the program.