GLOBAL STUDIES AND SKILLS SPECIALIZATION
Knowledge and Skills to compete in the global job market
GO-Global is an interdisciplinary specialization for students interested in gaining the knowledge and skills to function and compete in the global job market.
All courses on the GO-Global track are taught in English by a team of international faculty and professionals at the top of their fields.
By the end of the GO-Global track students will have the tools, knowledge, confidence, and skills to take on positions that require an international perspective, apply for jobs in multi-national companies or consider establishing their own global entrepreneurial ventures.
The GO-Global Track includes:
- Six courses taught in English by leading international academics and professionals
- Two week summer program abroad
- Consultation and skills-training for internships in multinational companies in Israel and abroad
- Interaction and activities with international students on campus
- Intimate group meetings with visiting leading professionals from around the world
Overview of GO-Global Courses
- Foundations of Finance for the Global Economy
- Geopolitics: World Powers and Developing Markets
- Global Entrepreneurship
- Identity and Nationalism: A Comparative Perspective
- Negotiation in Cross-Cultural Settings
- Speak-Up: Business English and Communication Skills
Studying abroad. A life changing experience.
Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn a new language, delve into a different culture, and experience personal growth and independence. Today, studying abroad is more important than ever. Studying abroad can significantly enhance your employability after college.
According to the GS Global Employer Survey Report, which surveyed how employers across countries value an international study experience, “regardless of where a student is located, it is a safe bet that he or she will enhance their employability prospects through participation in international education.” This study is the most comprehensive on the topic and reinforces the importance of an international education regardless of what discipline you are in.
Why is studying abroad such a great resume builder?
In today’s increasingly global and interconnected economy, some of the top skills that employers are looking for are intercultural competences, problem solving, creativity and English fluency. Studying abroad is a great way to develop these skills.
While gaining intercultural competencies and English fluency may be an obvious benefit of time abroad, it turns out that being in an environment different from one’s one culture allows one to practice seeing things from different viewpoints, a skill tied to enhanced mental flexibility and creativity. Moreover, people who spend significant time in a different country may learn to be more resourceful and proactive as they navigate the new cultural settings. These are all important skills that employers highly value. To read more about how international experiences are tied to enhanced creativity and career success, see this article.
We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities that COLMAN offers, both for the benefit of your personal growth and career development.
COLMAN offers you a number of opportunities around the world to study abroad for a semester.
Students interested in participating in a semester abroad can enroll in one of the partner institutions with which COLMAN holds an exchange student agreement. During this time, tuition fees at the host institution are waived and students maintain their full-time enrollment status at COLMAN, continuing to pay tuition and fees.
Alternatively, students can study abroad through the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. The aim of this program is to encourage the exchange of students between EU countries and countries around the world. Students who are accepted into this program receive a scholarship from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the EU. The scholarship covers flight and living stipend for the duration of their studies.
If you are interested in a semester abroad, contact your academic advisor and/or the Office of International Academic Affairs for more information.
Depending on your school and degree program, there are various options of short term courses offered each year. These are typically summer courses at a host institution with which the school has a joint program. Between 20-30 students travel together and are joined by COLMAN faculty.
For more information on this option, contact your department/school directly.
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR EXCHANGE
COLMAN students interested in a semester exchange program should first discuss with their academic advisor the feasibility of such studies within their degree. If the possibility exists, the student will be put in touch with the Office of International Academic Affairs to discuss options at the different institutions that COLMAN has partnerships with, both specific to the school and campus wide. Once a potential suitable arrangement is identified, the student will be asked to complete an on-line application.
Students must have a minimum of 80 GPA and have reached the level of Advanced English requirement, before the intended exchange.
In the application, students must submit:
1. Letter of Motivation
2. Letter of Recommendation
4. Transcript of Grades
Deadlines for the application:
*April 1 for Fall Semester Exchange
*November 1 for Spring Semester Exchange
Following the submission of the application by the deadlines above, the evaluation committees within each school will select outgoing candidates. Students will then be notified of their nomination to study at the partner institution and continue the application process. This generally includes completing the application form of the partner institution, which is very similar to the application submitted to the committee (including submission of transcripts, letters of motivation, and letter of recommendation). Once the application has been approved by the partner institution, the student will be informed of acceptance to study abroad at the partner university.
It is the responsibility of the student to register for courses abroad and have all courses approved for credit transfer by COLMAN. In order to facilitate this process, the student will meet with the academic advisor and administrative staff within his/her school to ensure appropriate credit transfer of the courses identified.
Any changes made to the course selection once the student is abroad should be brought to the attention of the academic advisor and revisited to see that credit will be recognized according to the policies of the school.
Before departing, the student shall meet with the Student Exchange Coordinator in the Office of International Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, to cover necessary arrangements that need to be finalized before the student departs and to ensure that expectations are aligned between the student and the partner institution.
Students must have travel insurance and housing plans arranged prior to departure.
During the mobility, COLMAN faculty, administrative staff and the Office of International Academic Affairs continues to play a supportive role, both academically and personally. Yet, the primary resource for the student is the host institution and their international office. It is therefore important that the student feel empowered and knowledgeable before departure to handle the new academic setting and culture in which he/she will be studying.
Upon the student’s return, academic recognition for completed courses during the mobility period will be assigned at COLMAN based on equivalence of the ETCS system. The transfer of credit should be known and anticipated by both the student and the administrative staff in light of the communication about courses conducted before departure (noted in step 4).
Follow up Questionnaire/meeting:
Students who participate in the exchange program are asked to complete an assessment questionnaire upon their return. Students may also be asked to participate in a follow-up meeting with the Exchange Coordinator at the Office of International Academic Affairs. This feedback is critical both to improving the process and gaining insights that can assist future students during their stay at that particular partner institution.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
Erasmus+ ICM Scholarship
Erasmus+ scholarships for students cover tuition, flight, and minimal cost of stay during the exchange. For general information, see this link to the Israel Nation Office of Erasmus+.
COLMAN students who are interested in studying abroad for a semester exchange at relevant partner institution can apply for the Erasmus+ ICM scholarship, if relevant. Availability of the scholarship depends on the existing agreements with partner institutions and is decided on by the school the student is enrolled in.
If you are a COLMAN student interested in studying on an Erasmus+ scholarship, contact the Office of International Academic Affairs. We will work with you to identify the availability of this option with your school.
Financial aid for a semester abroad at a partner institution may be offered through COLMAN, pending availability during that school year. Students that apply for this financial aid must have a GPA of 85 or above and go through an application process through the Office of International Academic Affairs.
Financial aid for short-term summer programs should be discussed with the student’s school directly to see if the option is available.