Cultural Engagement Courses for Study Abroad

The program coordinator for cross-cultural engagement shared the following information about courses that are available to help support your students before or after their study abroad experience.


Even in an immersion experience, students abroad may develop little intercultural understanding unless their study abroad program includes intentional instruction aimed at cross cultural issues.

Wake Forest offers three separate one-credit courses to help students maximize their cross cultural experience.  They are offered in the semesters before, during, and after study abroad.

INS 150 –Preparing For Study Abroad

INS 151 –Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad

INS 152 –Cross Cultural Reentry and Development

INS 150   Preparing for Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad (1h P/F)
Introduces cultural basics and skills needed for understanding and interacting with people in other cultures. Assignments familiarize students with host-country specifics and prepare them for a successful stay. This is a half-semester course, taken before students study abroad.   

INS 151   Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad  (taken online while abroad) (1h P/F)
This course helps students maximize cultural immersion and exposure to different aspects of the host culture. Acitivity-based, it encourages students to explore and develop a better understanding of the culture in which they are living.  In the process, students will learn more about themselves as well. Taken while abroad.

INS 152   Cross-Cultural Engagement and Re-entry  (1h P/F)
Helps students reflect on their experience abroad and develop strategies for re-entry. Students delve deeper into culture and also learn how to leverage their experience going forward towards careers and further international experience. This is a half-semester course taken in the semester after they studied abroad. 

Contact Andrew Smith at for more information.


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If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2017 slide shows

Select slide shows from Orientation sessions are available online.