International Experience

An international experience within the Department of Learning and Teaching (L&T) is defined as an opportunity for students to interact with individuals and/or institutions from a nation outside the U.S. in a manner that supports their personal and professional growth, nurtures cultural understanding, and prepares students to interact with and effectively serve diverse communities in a professional capacity.


Through this experience, it is hoped that students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of another culture
  • Appreciate its differences and similarities
  • Consider its gifts and challenges
  • Understand the educational and practical implications of cultural diversity and globalization issues

L&T International Experience Point System - Effective Fall 2013

  • All students are required to accumulate 5 points prior to graduation in order to meet the international experience requirement.
  • Points are awarded based on the quality of the learning experience.  
Experience Type Points Awarded
SOLES Global Course 5 Points
Spring Break Trips: Mexicali or New Mexico 4 Points
International Students Panel Presentation about experiences in US 3 Points
Hosted Visits: Minato School or Tijuana 2 Points
Tutoring Program for San Diego immigrant population - minimum 20 hours  2 Points
Independent studies (e.g. attending a conference & panels) 1 Point

For more information, please consult with your faculty advisor. 

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