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Frequently Asked Questions

The program cost will be the equivalent of enrolling in six undergraduate credits (two 3-credit courses) at your home SUNY campus, plus fees. Non-SUNY students are welcome to participate. This program and courses will not have any costs related to instructional materials or books. See the following Cost Estimate sheet for more details.

Students who are eligible for financial aid during the summer term can choose to apply financial aid to the cost of the program. We advise you to discuss this with the Financial Aid office at your home campus, as use of financial aid awards during summer session may impact available amounts during the academic year.

There are no additional grants specific to this program.

The SUNY COIL Global Commons program will be held online over 6 weeks, July 5 - August 13. Students are expected to complete an average of 4 hours of coursework per day throughout the program, plus related activities. Most course activity in the initial 3 weeks of the program will be done asynchronously, so the time of day you do the work is up to your schedule. Daily schedules may vary beginning in Week 4, when the project phase begins, based on the needs of the specific project in which students are engaged. As you may work with organizations anywhere in the world, you and your group will need to divide tasks, which will include communicating with an organization that may be in another time zone and could therefore require some flexibility in your schedule.

Course content will be conducted online using SUNY’s Blackboard learning management system. You can participate from anywhere, as long as you have good internet access. All learning materials, including readings, will be freely accessed online.

The Intercultural Storytelling course is being developed to align with SUNY General Education requirements (for example, Other World Civilizations), while the International Perspectives on {the applicable SDG} could be more personalized. By enrolling as a study abroad/study away program, students can work with their advisors or departments to determine the pathways through the program content that could allow them to petition for major credit (for example in a Special Topics in X). This flexibility would allow students at all levels of their academic careers to participate in the program, including incoming Freshmen.

SUNY students at any point in their studies may participate, including incoming Freshmen. Recent graduates and graduate students are welcome to enroll, though only undergraduate credit will be offered. Students from all SUNY campuses are welcome to participate, as are students from other colleges and universities. If you are from an institution outside the SUNY system, please check with your advisor or study away office for your campus’ policies on accepting credit from other universities.

Yes, students on international campuses are welcome to participate.

There are no prerequisite courses for this program

This program has been designed to accept as many students as are motivated to participate. There is no cap on the number of students that can enroll in the program.

Students will work in small groups of 12 - 15 students on their projects but will be taking classes with larger numbers of students.

Projects and organizations will be aligned with particular Sustainable Development Goals. During the first week of the program, you will learn about the projects that are available for the Sustainable Development Goal you will study and have the opportunity to sign up for a project and organization.

You must register for the full program and both courses; they cannot be taken separately. You will register for this program and will be enrolled in two, three credit courses. One course will be on Intercultural Storytelling, and the other on International Perspectives on a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The two courses complement each other and culminate in a storytelling-based project that you, as part of a small group of students from across different colleges and universities, will complete in partnership with an international nonprofit organization.

You will know which partner organization you’ll be working with during the first week of the program. Your partner organization may be located anywhere in the world.  The project will be completed in English, though you may need to rely on some internet translation tools to help you understand some of the materials from the organization if they are in a language you don’t speak. You will have the opportunity to learn about cross cultural communication during the Intercultural Storytelling course to help prepare you for your work with the partner organization.

You should talk with your advisor and study abroad office about how the courses will apply to your studies at your home campus.

The Intercultural Storytelling for Sustainable Development course will be a 100-level course. The International Perspectives on {Sustainable Development Goal X} are all 300-level courses.

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