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Types of Student Travel

Several different types of student travel are offered to students to enhance their education, including:

Leadership Development & Global Engagement

This is a group trip with a theme or stated purpose usually involving exposure to (a) a country, (b) region of the world, (c) event, (d) thematic development, (e) cultural asset or condition or (f) others to be determined. Students do not earn academic credit. This includes the Global Media Experience and Evanston Ambassador trips.

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Service Learning

This is a group trip focused on exposure to diverse cultures, typically in a developing nation or region where students engage in a purposeful activity which involves hands-on experience in a development project. No academic credit is given.

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Journalism Residencies

Typically, this an internship lasting ten weeks in a professional media or other communications organization, with academic supervision, site visits and rigorous assessment to determine work performance and value of experience. Academic credit is available, and this is a requirement of the Journalism Program.

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Communication Exchange

This connects NU-Q students with their peers on the home campus as well as providing opportunities to take courses and engage in student life for a semester in the student's junior year. Communication students use this opportunity to take courses in Evanston and get exposure to faculty not available in Doha, especially the liberal arts and sciences and non-major fields.

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Course-Related Travel

Some courses may have a module that involves international or regional travel which is built into the course and advertised in advance. This is typically for carrying out a professional journalistic or media assignment, conducting research or being exposed to an important thematic or time-sensitive situation.

Nonaffiliated Study Abroad

Students may choose to study abroad at another institution. Plans are to set up a formal affiliated program, but students currently take leave from NU and receive transfer credit upon return from another institution.

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Independent Student Travel

There are limited funds available on a competitive basis for students who wish to propose innovative or otherwise worthy travel for defined projects. These trips can be funded in full or in part, depending on circumstances and available funds. These can include internships, independent reporting trips, attendance at conferences, and more.

NU-Q has designated a committee of representatives from the academic programs, Student Affairs, and Business & Finance to review student submissions requesting support for internships or other independent projects. Students can submit their detailed proposals to the committee by a published due date each semester. The committee will review all of the proposals submitted and evaluate them individually based on the merits.

The following criteria will be looked at during the committee review:

Students must remember that projects involving travel must be approved three to four months ahead of the date of travel and will follow the student travel protocol and procedures. Students must be in good academic standing with the University.

The committee will communicate to the students with submissions the approval, disapproval, or request for additional details or suggestions along with feedback as to why the decision was made within two weeks of the due date. Approved projects will be communicated to relevant faculty and staff who will be needed to facilitate the project. A final report may be required depending on the project.

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