Special Academic Programs
Office of International Education
Education Abroad Programs
Office of International Education
The mission of the Office of International Education (OIE) is to lead TCU in the development and implementation of high quality opportunities for international learning, teaching, research, and services to further the global mission of the University. International education opportunities include summer and semester-long education abroad programs, educational exchanges, conferences, and short-term seminars for international visitors. For more information, visit www.ied.tcu.edu.
Education Abroad Programs
TCU offers a wide range of academic programs including summer courses led by TCU faculty members. TCU summer courses have featured study in Australia, Belize, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, and Spain. These intensive courses are developed and directed by TCU Faculty members from such disciplines as art history, business, communications, education, geology, history, interior design, literature, modern languages, nursing, social work, and political science. Carrying TCU credit and the possibility of financial aid, these courses fulfill many of TCU's graduation requirements, while providing opportunity to work closely with some of TCU's best faculty members.
The TCU London Centre provides a unique opportunity for students to study in one of the world's major international capitals. The semester-long academic program offered at the Centre uses London and Great Britain as its texts. Course offerings from disciplines such as history, political science, literature, communications, theater and art history vary by semester with most students enrolling in four classes during the fall or spring semester.
Students also have the option of enrolling in TCU's London internship program for academic credit. Because the London Centre is an extension of the Fort Worth campus, TCU financial aid and scholarships may be applied to study in London and all courses earn TCU credits. For more information, visit www.ied.tcu.edu/london/index.htm.
The TCU in Seville Program, in cooperation with the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, offers Spanish language classes. Additionally, students may take courses in literature, art, political science, economics, business and history in Spanish.
The TCU Florence program focuses on language study, and students are required to take intensive Italian for a total of 6 credit hours. In addition, course offerings from disciplines such as history, political science, and art history are offered each semester in English.
Other special study abroad opportunities include exchange programs with the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico; and Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan; Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Dijon, France; and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. These semester-long programs involve direct enrollment in the affiliated university but do not interrupt TCU residency requirements. TCU financial aid and scholarships may be applied to work under these exchange programs and all courses carry TCU credit.
Through TCU's affiliation with prominent consortia such as the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) and the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), students may study in many Asian, European, and Latin American countries for a summer, semester, or full year.
The aim of the Intensive English Program (IEP) is to help students advance rapidly towards their academic, professional, or personal English language goals. Upper-level IEP students may enroll in TCU courses for degree credit while in the noncredit, certificate program. The University refunds IEP tuition 100% (for up to two semesters of IEP) to the student who completes the entire undergraduate degree program at TCU. (Undergraduate candidates should see the admissions section on "Admission of International Students" in this bulletin. Successful completion of the Upper-level IEP allows applicants to the Undergraduate Program to waive the TOEFL admission requirement.)
IEP students use the most advanced technology available for learning English. The IEP's networked computer lab streams audio and video with text to the lab stations; in addition, students access the World Wide Web and self-directed, self-pacing language-learning software.
An IEP student begins at his or her own level and studies intensively at least 25 hours each week. Classes are organized into teams of ten or fewer students. Weekly 1-to-1 meetings with the instructor allows each to student personalize the curriculum.
The IEP sessions begin eight times a year in January, mid January, March, May, July, August, September and October. The Program schedules short breaks between sessions. More information on the Intensive English Program is available at www.iep.tcu.edu.
Texas Christian University is an educational community where faculty members promote active learning and encourage personal growth and individual achievement. One means of moving toward achievement of these goals is embodied in the Freshman Seminars offered to first-year students during the fall semester of each academic year.
A common goal of each seminar is to help students develop the intellectual skills and self-confidence necessary for success in a university setting. Guided by scholars, who are often senior faculty members, students learn to approach learning experiences with creativity, self-expression, and independent thinking. Activities in seminars often include discussion of ideas, research on special projects, and fieldwork that can lead to increased communication and critical-thinking skills for students.
The seminars are structured to provide an intensive, personalized learning experience that will enhance the first-year student's sense of belonging to the academic community. Limited enrollment in Freshman Seminars allows for personal contact between students and faculty. Furthermore, the interactive format allows students to get acquainted more easily, leading not only to academic orientation, but also to social integration within the university.
Freshman Seminars, offered in a variety of disciplines, are listed in the Schedule of Classes prepared each semester by the Registrar. Course descriptions appear in a special publication that is distributed during summer orientation sessions for first-year students. Seminars are offered only in the fall semester; students may enroll in only one seminar.
TCU is an affiliate of the Washington Center, a nonprofit independent educational institution that provides comprehensive learning opportunities in the nation's capital for students from over 300 colleges and universities. The program includes placement, supervision, evaluation, seminars, housing, counseling, special events and other support services.
The TCU Washington Internship program is open to juniors and seniors in any major field. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA, the selection process is competitive, and students must return to campus for at least one semester. Individuals must apply in October, one year in advance of the expected internship. Applications may be picked up in the Political Science office during the month of September. All students accepted must take POSC 40900, Washington Internship Seminar, during the spring semester before the internship the following fall.
Students who participate in the fall program in Washington receive fifteen hours of upper division credit in political science. Students should consult with their academic adviser to determine how these credits may satisfy departmental or university requirements. For further information about the program, contact the Political Science Department at TCU.