Purdue SAIL Scholarship Courses 

Expectations for SAIL Students

Students must successfully complete one of the following courses during the semester abroad:

Individual-mentored option:

  • ENGR 39700 – Global Engineering Experience
  • SCI 39500 – Global Science Experience

This individual-mentored, one credit hour course is cross-listed for Engineering and Science and is assessed on a Pass/No Pass basis. Once paired with an intercultural mentor, students will complete a series of assignments which include short readings, videos, interviews, and reflective essays and activities. Each assignment will be followed by mentor feedback and a reflective discussion, which will provide documentation of intercultural learning and create a portfolio of individual skill acquisition, thereby increasing cultural self-awareness and an ability to work effectively with people from other cultures.

Course Objectives:

Assignments and mentor feedback will encourage students to connect with their host culture and to better understand the similarities and differences between the host culture and their own, particularly in regard to teamwork and professional practice in their chosen career field. In so doing, students will become better able to articulate and demonstrate the component leadership skills of “interpersonal and intercultural effectiveness” as defined in the new Purdue Undergraduate Core Curriculum.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Curiosity
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Openness
  • Self-Awareness
  • Intercultural Empathy
  • Worldview Frameworks
  • Professional Context
  • Group Communication
  • Analysis and Synthesis

Priority Enrollment

Priority enrollment for a CILMAR SAIL course is available for Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) and Long-Term Engineering Abroad Program (LEAP) and select College of Science students. GEARE and LEAP students are required to enroll in ENGR 39700. Questions about the ENGR 39700 option should be directed to one of the following:

  • Joseph Tort (GEARE), Assistant Director of Global Professional Practice Programs, Global Education
  • Dr. Heidi Parker (LEAP), Assistant Director Latin America/Spain Program, Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships
  • Dr. Wei Qiu (LEAP SJTU), Asia Pacific Programs Manager, Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships

College of Science students fulfilling “Learning Beyond the Classroom” or the “Language and Culture” requirements must enroll in SCI 39500. Questions about SCI 39500 should be directed to:

  • Dr. Laura Starr, the Associate Director for Experiential Learning & Student Success, Purdue College of Science.

Group-mentored option:

  • COM 30301 - Mentored Intercultural Communication Experience/Purdue Global Competence Certificate

This group-mentored course is worth one credit hour and is assessed on a Pass/No Pass basis. Once placed within a cohort with an intercultural mentor, students will complete a series of online modules which include short readings, videos, interviews, and reflective essays and activities. Created through a partnership with AFS-USA, Inc., this customized version of the AFS Global Competence Certificate program is a course divided into four units. Each unit is followed by a webinar-format class meeting, which will facilitate reflective discussions on course content; thereby increasing cultural self-awareness and an ability to work effectively with people from other cultures.

Course Objectives:

The Purdue Global Competence Certificate curriculum was designed to meet key educational goals to help learners develop intercultural competence and deal with cultural adjustment. These goals are organized into four core areas: 

  • Self-awareness
  • Awareness about others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Bridges to others

Approved Co-Sponsored Program SAIL Courses

Students taking part in one of the co-sponsored programs listed below are expected to choose the Approved Co-sponsored Program course if available during the specific term and in the specific location. Students must verify the availability of each course with the hosting study abroad organization for the specific selected location and for their specific term. The individual student is responsible to make any relevant payments and confirm registration. Please consult your Study Abroad advisor about these options.

Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
COMM 3301 Intercultural Communication & Leadership (3 credits) in Barcelona, Beijing, Cape Town, Legon, Prague, Rennes, Santiago, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, St. Petersburg (Area Studies), and Tokyo
IES Abroad
IR/IB 393 Leading Across Cultures: Principles & Practice (3 credits) in Dublin, European Union (Germany), London, Milan, and Paris: Business & International Affairs
IC 215 Intercultural Communication (3 credits) in Vienna
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context (3 credits, online) in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, India, Ireland, and the United Kingdom
Exploring Chile: Community & Culture (3 credits) in Valparaiso
Semester at Sea
IE 300 Global Studies (3 credits)
University of Minnesota
Global Identity (1 credit, online) in Montpellier, Morocco, and Toledo

Students planning to take one of the above courses from the co-sponsor organization will need to include this class on their course approval form.

For more information about the SAIL scholarship, click here.

Goals: Learning Outcomes and Evidence

Per the recommendations of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework and the NILOA Excellence in Assessment Standards, we provide the goals for each student program offered through CILMAR.

Goal 1: 50% of mentored students will exhibit a lower regression rate than in the previous year (2019). Evidence is via matched comparison of individual IDI pre and post scores. Specifically, there will be a 50% decline in the rate of IDI regression as compared to previous year. Regression is defined as going backwards by 7 or more points.

Goal 2: 20% of mentored groups will, in addition to above, exhibit higher mean IDI gain than in 2019. Further, there will be a 20% improvement in mean intercultural competence gain for each mentored group type as compared to the 2019 outcome. If attained this will amount to a 12-point mean gain for one-to-one mentored groups and an 8.5-point gain for group-mentored cohorts.

For more, please see Intercultural Learning in Semester-Long Study Abroad: A Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of One-on-One Versus Group-Mentored Interventions.

Last updated on 05/07/2021

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