Cross Cultural Experience FAQ

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) one cross cultural course/experience of any Tier level, and 3) write a 5 page reflective paper as described in the seminar.

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 (2 week business trip to Thailand, for example) qualifies for a cross cultural experience please contact David Blowers at 467-8033 or drblowers@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 who transfer in as freshmen (FR) or sophomores (SO) must complete the Cross Cultural Awareness Seminar and either one Tier 2 experience or two Tier 3 experiences.  

Adult students who transfer in as a junior (JR), with 60 or more credits, or an AA degree, must complete the Cross Cultural Awareness Seminar and one Cross Cultural Experience/course of any Tier and write the required paper(s).

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 Cross Cultural Awareness Seminar (online if you choose) and write a 10-page reflective paper on your experience with other cultures. Click on the "Approval Forms" tab, click on  and download the "Life Experience" form, respond to the queries and then send this proposal to drblowers(at)nnu.edu as an attachment.

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 Cross Cultural Awareness Seminar (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, click on  and download the "Life Experience" form, respond to the queries and then send this proposal to drblowers(at)nnu.edu as an attachment.

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 Cross Cultural Awareness Seminar (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, click on  and download the "Life Experience" form, respond to the queries and then send this proposal to drblowers(at)nnu.edu as an attachment.

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

Click on the "Approval Forms" tab, then download the form titled "Student/Individual Form." Complete the form, save it and then forward it to Professor Blowers at drblowers@nnu.edu. Based on the information you provide, Professor Blowers will determine whether the planned trip qualifies for one of the three tier levels, or may work with you to recommend elements that will assure a specific Tier level.