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Going Global @ Home

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As much as we would like for every student to study abroad, for some, an international experience is not feasible. Not being able to travel should not prevent students from engaging in global learning. The resources below were compiled with the hope of connecting students to opportunities that would allow for global experiences while at home.

Virtual language learning resources can be a great way to prepare to meet and connect with new people at home or abroad. Check out these resources that provide free access to language instruction or ways to practice your existing language skills. 

If interested in resources for learning and practicing Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish, see the Global @ Home – Language Resources spreadsheet.

Resource/Opportunity Description
VT Libraries

Various foreign language learning resources, including video streaming

  • Rosetta Stone - Computer-based language learning for 30 different languages. Free access through VT Libraries. 

  • Pimsleur Language Programs - Audio books and resources available through VT Libraries in all different languages 

Montgomery-Floyd Regional Libraries

 

Free access to Rocket Languages and Mango Languages

 

Arabic Intensive Summer Program ALI is pleased to offer the following online courses at three different levels only: (elementary, Intermediate and either intermediate-high or advanced) based on demand
Duolingo Free language learning app/site for over 30 languages

 

 

The Mozaiko Living Learning Community and the Global Education Office are excited to announce a new initiative for this summer: Virtual Language Conversation Groups. We hope you will join!

What: These weekly, one-hour sessions will be casual, conversational opportunities to practice your language skills with others in the VT community.

Who: Open to language-learners of all levels in the VT community. The conversation hours will be led by advanced/native/fluent speakers in each language. No preparation is needed from participants beforehand - but registration is required.

When: Weekly: beginning the week of June 15th - the week of July 27th. Day and time vary by language (see below).

 

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. ET

 

JAPANESE CONVERSATION GROUP: Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET

 

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION GROUP:  Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. ET

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP: Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. ET

 

ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Fridays 10-11 a.m. ET

 

MANDARIN CONVERSATION GROUP: Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. ET

 

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET

Have extra time but don't know what to do with it? Check out some of the resources below to help you acquire and build new skills.

Resource/Opportunity Description
Develop Your Cultural Intelligence 

Free MOOC offered by Purdue on FutureLearn platform... self-paced course and activities

Additional Future Learn Online Courses

SDG Academy Resources Courses aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, taught by world experts through an international lens.
2020 API Re-Entry Toolkit PDF to help students unpack experience, including skills, videos, activities
Communicating Your Experience Abroad For Future Opportunities This webinar directly coaches students on what skills employers value and how to discuss the ways that study abroad enhances those skills using digital and social media.

Travelling may be restricted, but you can still take virtual tours through some of the most famous museums and breathtaking cities.

Resource/Opportunity Description

 

Google Arts and Culture

Links to many virtual collections, tours, art projects, and more.

  • Rijksmuseum - The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. Its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt's Night Watch. The Rijksmuseum itself is also a masterpiece.

  • Musse d'Orsay - The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900.

Louvre Tours Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre...Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view, thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido. 
Museum of the World

 

An interactive experience through time, continents, and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history. 

My Africa 360 Film

MyAfrica transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of Kenya, where Lupita Nyong'o narrates the story of a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe.

 

360 Tours

A collection of 360 virtual tours from some of the most well known and admired places around the world.

Uffizi Gallery  The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de'Medici to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. Over time, the top floor loggia became an exhibition of the dynastic collection of ancient sculpture, artwork and artifacts.
Cliffs of Moher  Like more than million-plus visitors who come to see them each year, you can look forward to experiencing the Cliffs of Moher: Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breathtaking. 
Stonehenge Virtual Tour
Take an interactive tour of Stonehenge with our 360-degree view from inside the monument. Select the hotspots to find out more. 
Virtual Tour of Rome 
Visit all of Rome's ancient landmarks, with a guide who speaks about each stop.
Virtual City Guides
Virtual travel guides and content, including videos, movie and book recommendations, and more.
Accordi Disaccordi
Joining us from their respective homes in Italy to our new digital stage, Accordi Disaccordi, an Italian trio with a gipsy jazz repertoire, will perform for us what they define “hot Italian swing” – a unique style combining jazz, swing, blues, folk influences, and famous film scores. 

Gain a global perspective and advance your own intercultural learning through virtual study abroad opportunities. Because virtual courses are not tied to a geographical location, you can experience a variety of global learning opportunities while staying local. By enrolling in virtual study abroad courses, you join an online learning community that encourages your development as a global citizen.

Most virtual study abroad programs offer asynchronous teaching, as well as synchronous meetings to build community and provide mentorship with peers, faculty and staff in addition to engagement with local students and educators to enrich your cross-cultural experience.  Scroll down for a listing of current virtual exchange and internship opportunites.

Considerations for Virtual Study Abroad Programs

As you research virtual study abroad and internship options, review programs with the following considerations in mind.

Desired Learning Outcomes

Study abroad participants will:

  • Develop confidence, maturity, and empathy.
  • Develop an understanding of the international dimensions of their fields of study
  • Become acquainted with the opportunities available in and the challenges facing the respective country.
  • Through critical reflection, gain an understanding that their world view is not universally shared
  • Demonstrate an awareness of cultures other than their own
  • Realize the importance of human diversity

Study Abroad as Career-Bridge Experiential Learning should have the following essential components:

  • A prolonged experience spanning a semester or more that includes:  a) preparation and an orientation for the students; b) support throughout the experience; c) reflection components; d) a concluding session, and e) follow-up with the student at regular intervals once the opportunity has concluded
  • A supervisor and/or faculty member who can serve as a resource and mentor for the student during the experience
  • An immersive, transformational experience that provides meaningful interaction with locals from the host culture (which may include interaction with students participating in the virtual program who are from that host institution (i.e. through online courses with group work and discussion), or through local site leaders/host staff who facilitate cultural immersion activities)
  • Serve as a bridge between their academic experience and their future employment in the professional world
  • Offer the opportunity to build global skills and develop interculturally
  • Provide course offerings or internships opportunities from a global perspective with a clear purpose and intentional learning outcomes (to include guest lectures by host country experts in the fields of study; thematic focus on culturally significant locations and moments of historical relevance related to specified sites; active engagement with locals from host culture, etc.)
Resource/Opportunity Description

Kansai Gaidai – Part-Time Japanese Language Exchange 

  • Japanese Language courses at eight levels of instruction, and courses on Japanese and Asian culture, history, and modern topics (see presentation slides for course listings)
    • Classes are limited to two per student, so the maximum credit total will be 6 or 8 credits (depending on courses chosen)
  •  Deadline: July 17
  • Tuition & Fees: You will be enrolled as a VT student full-time and pay your VT tuition and fees, plus an additional $100 registration fee to Kansai Gaidai
  • Contact Maureen Deisinger if interested in applying – you must apply through the Global Education Office first  
  • See flyer and presentation slides for more information
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)  (Quito, Ecuador)
  • Virtual Exchange (pay VT tuition & fees) OR Direct Enroll with USFQ - $946 per 3-credit class
  • Application Deadline: August 10th
  • Learn more here; flyer available here
  • Email Maureen Deisinger for more information & to apply 
Resource/Opportunity  Description
GoinGlobal An extensive online resource provided by Virginia Tech for job or internship searches — anywhere, U.S. or abroad — and for anyone, including student visa holders!
Virtual Europe Students can join Arcadia Abroad faculty in Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, Granada, London or Rome for online courses or pursue a virtual internship and course, working for an employer in London, Athens or Rome.
CIS Virtual Internships

As an intern working virtually, you’ll be placed with an international company, report to a supervisor abroad, work with colleagues via online platforms, and gain relevant professional experience in your field.

ISA Global Remote Internships Students will gain international business experience through project-based learning, either in a group project, facilitated by a Professional Mentor, or an individual placement.
Puentes Remote Internships The remote internship will include weekly cohort meetings and training sessions to further advance your career and strengthen your global network. Puentes offers the option of combining it with an in-person internship of 2-4 weeks in Argentina or Uruguay during Winter Break of 2020-2021.
USAC Global Perspectives Virtual internships in marketing, business, digital communications, translation, and teaching English as a foreign language. 3 credits.
API Virtual Global Internship Complete a virtual internship with an international organization to differentiate your resume, earn essential skills that employers value, and grow your professional network with the API Virtual Internship program. The internship will require a commitment of 4 days/32 hours a week
The Intern Group Virtual Internships Flexible and customizable. Students can select their start date, how many hours per week they work, and the length of their internship.
Global Experiences Virtuoso Internships Global Experience’s virtual internship program allows you to gain the same benefits from working with an international company and access to career coaching and a professional development program from anywhere in the world. Each internship lasts 8 weeks with 25-40 hours of work per week
Virtual Internships Database Abroad101 has created and will begin promoting a new directory for virtual internships that have a global immersion focus.