Special Academic Programs
International Studies: TCU Abroad
TCU Abroad Programs
First Year Seminars
International Studies: TCU Abroad
The mission of The Center for International Studies: TCU Abroad is to support international academic programs that foster an understanding of the global community. International education opportunities include summer and semester-long education abroad programs, educational exchanges, and short-term emersion opportunities. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.tcu.edu.
TCU Abroad Programs
TCU offers a wide range of academic programs abroad including summer courses led by TCU faculty members, semester-long programs, and international exchanges. 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, education, geology, history, interior design, journalism, literature, modern languages, nursing, social work, political science, psychology and RTVF. Carrying TCU credit and the possibility of financial aid, study abroad courses fulfill many of TCU's graduation requirements, while providing opportunity to work closely with some of TCU's best faculty members. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.tcu.edu/summer.html
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 include disciplines such as history, political science, literature, communications, theater and art history 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.studyabroad.tcu.edu/london.html
The TCU 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 or in English. TCU scholarships and financial aid may be applied. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.tcu.edu/seville.html
The TCU Florence program focuses on language study, and students are required to take intensive Italian for a total of 3 credit hours. In addition, course offerings from disciplines such as art history, design, history, literature, political science, and studio art, are offered each semester in English. TCU scholarships and financial aid may be applied. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.tcu.edu/florence.html
Other special study abroad opportunities include exchange programs with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan; Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile; Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. 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. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.tcu.edu/exchanges.html
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. TCU scholarships and financial aid may be applied to semester and year programs. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.tcu.edu/affiliates.html
The aim of the Intensive English Program (IEP) is to help students advance rapidly towards their academic, professional, or personal English language goals. Advanced-level IEP students may enroll in TCU courses for degree credit while in the noncredit, certificate program. (Undergraduate candidates should see the admissions section on "Admission of International Students" in this bulletin. Successful completion of the Advanced -level IEP allows applicants to the Undergraduate Program to waive the TOEFL admission requirement.)
An IEP student begins at his or her own level and studies intensively at least 20 hours each week. Classes are organized into teams of fifteen or fewer students. Outside of class, IEP students work in a computer learning lab, take standardized English exams, and meet one-to-one with Conversation Partners. (Conversation Partners are native English speaking TCU students, staff, or faculty members who speak with the IEP students in English and sometimes in another language known by the IEP student and being studied by the Partner).
The IEP sessions begin eleven months a year (except December). More information on the Intensive English Program is available at www.iep.tcu.edu.
First Year Seminars
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 First Year 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.
First Year 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. Students may enroll in only one seminar.
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 First Year 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.
TCU is an affiliate of the 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. The call for applications goes out one year preceding the fall internship. Applications may be picked up in the Political Science office. All students accepted must take POSC 40900, Washington Internship Seminar, during the spring semester before the internship the following fall. Participation in this non-credit course is required for future Washington Interns.
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 example, up to nine of these fifteen hours may be applied to a political science major or minor. For further information about the program, contact the Political Science Department at TCU.