Study Abroad FAQ

Who must fulfill the study abroad requirement?

All degree-seeking students who begin their studies at Goucher as first-year students must fulfill the requirement.

For students graduating in May 2021 who have yet to fulfill the study abroad requirement there are 2 options available. Students can either enroll in a no-credit virtual exchange in either the Fall or Spring or enroll in a 4 credit seminar to be offered in the Spring semester. Students choosing to enroll in the virtual exchange must also attend a speaker’s series.

Is Spring 2021 study abroad an option for students?

No, study abroad is suspended until it is a safe and viable option for our students. We look forward to sponsoring more innovative study abroad programs as soon as we can guarantee the health and safety of our students abroad.

What will I learn in the virtual exchange?

This is an independent, online facilitated dialogue model that connects young people around the world. Students can hope to gain enhanced communication skills and improved attitudes toward difference through discussions framed around current social challenges and world events. It is tailored to help explore the perceived cultural fault line between the United States and Middle East/North Africa through political, social, and personal values-based discussions.

How does the virtual exchange work?

Through a web-conferencing application, students speak face-to-face in groups of 8-10 global peers. Students will discuss topics related to identity, religion, culture, and social and political topics. Group members are encouraged to share their cultures and perspectives openly.

What is the time commitment for the virtual exchange?

This is an 8 week course, and students are expected to spend around three hours each week to complete it. 2 of those hours will be spent in a virtual, facilitated discussion with students from around the world. A short, final reflection piece will be required for any student using this to fulfill the study abroad requirement. There is no charge for students electing to take this course. 

What will I learn in the Spring seminar?

The 4 credit seminar’s components are both academic and experiential, combining in-class readings, discussions, and writings with local/regional for onsite observation and engagement. The experiential components of this seminar consist of traveling, to the extent that it is safe to do so, to globally focused NGOs, nonprofits, and multinational corporations in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and New York City, or students’ local communities. Students and employees will hold discussions on race, power and perspective, diversity at the workplace, global leadership acumen, and more.

I am not graduating in May 2021/I do not need this to count for my study abroad requirement. Can I still enroll in the virtual exchange or the Spring seminar?

Yes, you may, however preference will be given to those students graduating in May 2021.

Can I do an ICA in Summer 2021 to fulfill this requirement?

For May 2021 graduates these are the options to fulfill the study abroad requirement. While we are planning to run ICAs this Summer, students should not rely on this to fulfill their requirement.

What do I need to do to satisfy the study abroad requirement?

You need to participate in a Goucher-sanctioned program at some point during your undergraduate career at Goucher.

You may do this through one of the many study-abroad programs offered through Goucher's Office of Global Education—including any of our three-week Intensive Courses Abroad or any semester or academic-year program.

What accommodations are available for study abroad programs?

Students may request study abroad accommodations for disabilities or religious reasons.

Where can I find more information about any of this?

If you have questions about our study-abroad programs or the alternatives for May 2021 graduates please contact Mark Bladel at