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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a transfer student. Do I have to meet the cross cultural experience?

If you transferred in as a junior with 60 or more credits or an AA degree, then you will 1) take the online Cross Cultural Seminar in conjunction with, 2) either one Level 2 or two Level 1 experiences, and 3) write a 5 page reflective paper as described in the Intercultural Lab.

I am a returning adult student with a variety of life experiences. Will my life experiences meet the criteria for the cross cultural experience?

To determine whether or not a specific experience qualifies for a cross cultural experience please contact David Blowers at 467-8033 or crossculture@nnu.edu.

I am an adult student in one of the accelerated Adult and Professional Programs (Business, Education, etc.). Do I have to complete the Cross Cultural Experience?

Adult students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS), must complete the Intercultural Lab and either one Level 2 experience or two Level 1 experiences.

Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as a junior (JR), with 60 or more credits, or an AA degree, must complete the Intercultural Lab and either one Level 2 experience or two Level 1 experiences.

I am a veteran who spent "x" years in Iraq or Afghanistan. Does this count for the cross cultural experience?

You are not required to take a trip or a cross culturally approved course that includes "contact time" but you are required to take the Intercultural Lab (online if you choose) and write a 10-page reflective paper on your experience with other cultures. Click on the "Approval Forms" tab, then on the link to the Google form entitled "Life Experiences Approval Form".  Respond to the queries and when you click submit, I will be alerted by Google Forms and process your proposal. 

I am an international student who grew up in another country. Does that meet the cross cultural experience?

If you lived outside the US in a non-English speaking country for at least a year after the age of 7 then you are not required to take a trip or a cross culturally approved course that includes "contact time" but you are required to take the Intercultural Lab (online if you choose) and write a 10-page reflective paper on your experience with other cultures. We encourage you to write about the US as the "foreign" culture. Click on the "Approval Forms" tab, then on the link to the Google form entitled "Life Experiences Approval Form".  Respond to the queries and when you click submit, I will be alerted by Google Forms and process your proposal.  

I lived overseas when I was growing up. Does this count for the cross cultural experience?

If you lived outside the US in a non-English speaking country for at least a year after the age of 7 then you are not required to take a trip or a cross culturally approved course that includes "contact time" but you are required to take the Intercultural Lab (online if you choose) and write a 10-page reflective paper on your experience with other cultures. We encourage you to write about the US as the "foreign" culture. Click on the "Approval Forms" tab, then on the link to the Google form entitled "Life Experineces Approval Form".  Respond to the queries and when you click submit, I will be alerted by Google Forms and process your proposal.  

I plan to go to Bolivia (or wherever) this summer: will that trip count?

Click on the "Student Planned Experience" tab. Review the available options and choose the appropriate Google form for the trip you are planning. Repond to the queries and when you click "submit", I will be alerted by Google Forms and process your proposal. Based on the information you provide, I will be deterrmine which level the trip qualifies for, or I may work with you to recommend elements that will assure a specific level.