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Graduation Requirements

Millersville students need a minimum of 120 credits to graduate, although some majors require more. If participants have completed degree and general education  requirements but do not have enough credits, then they have some flexibility in course selection during a study abroad program. 

TIP: Count up how many credits you need to complete your degree and general education requirements. Does it total up to less than 120? Then you can take general elective classes abroad!  


General Education Requirements

Students that have open courses available in their General Education requirements are able to study abroad in almost any study abroad program. For students with more complicated degree paths, fulfilling these requirements abroad (especially during the summer) can be a way to both make degree progress and ensure study abroad is still a possibility before graduation.
 
These courses are offered in most study abroad programs. This category includes: Art, Communication, Theatre, English, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and General Humanities.

G1 courses are great to take during a study abroad program! 
These courses are generally not advisable to take abroad unless you are a STEM major. You may find the courses are not designed for general education studies due to the differences in academic systems around the world. It may additionally be difficult to find courses with a "L" laboratory component. This category includes: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, or General Sciences.
These courses are offered in most study abroad programs. This category includes: Area/Regional Studies Anthropology, Business Administration, Cultural Studies, Economics, Geography, Government, History, International Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Women's Studies, or General Social Sciences.

G3 courses are great to take during a study abroad program! 
Students who complete an academic fall or spring semester abroad as part of a baccalaureate degree will be considered to have fulfilled the Perspectives requirement. International students studying at Millersville will also be considered to have fulfilled the Perspectives requirement. In addition, those students who complete professional experiences abroad such as internships, student teaching field placements, or social work field placements that meet the departmental baccalaureate requirements will also be considered to have fulfilled the Perspectives requirement regardless of whether those experiences occur in fall, spring, or summer. This waiver does not cover credit hours. A student employing this waiver will be required to satisfy three credit hours of general education courses in lieu of the waived three credit Perspectives course. This is in addition to any other Open Elective requirements of the student. To read the entire policy, visit the Millersville University Policies page

Summary: Students that study abroad for a semester or those that participate in a professional experience abroad will get this category waived. Students that study abroad for a summer term may request an "Exception to Graduation" through their MAX account, however approval is not guaranteed.  
Cultural Diversity and community courses align with the University’s mission to foster in students an appreciation for cultural diversity. Here, ‘cultural diversity’ refers to the differences among people in terms of beliefs, customs, values, politics, and experiences. In essence, culture is a worldview; it is both learned and evolved. The following factors are seen as underlying these differences: age, economics, education, gender, geography, language, nationality, occupation, physical ability, race and ethnicity, religious affiliation, and/or sexual orientation among others. A Cultural Diversity and Community course is more than a mere survey or exposure of the students to different cultures; rather it teaches students to think critically about the basis for intercultural differences. Millersville University's Diversity Policy Students who completed an academic fall or spring semester abroad as part of a baccalaureate degree will be considered to have fulfilled the Diversity requirement. International students studying at Millersville will also be considered to have fulfilled the Diversity requirement. In addition, those students who complete professional experiences abroad such as internships, student teaching field placements, or social work field placements that meet the departmental baccalaureate requirements will also be considered to have fulfilled the Diversity requirement regardless of whether those experiences occur in fall, spring, or summer. For all other study abroad experiences, a student may request to fulfill the Diversity requirement by successfully completing an outcomes paper. The outcomes paper will be evaluated through the Office of International Programs & Services. This Diversity waiver does not cover credit hours. A student employing this waiver will be required to satisfy three credit hours of general education courses in lieu of the waived three credit Diversity course. This is in addition to any other Open Elective requirements of the student. To read the entire policy, visit the Millersville University Policies page

Summary: Students that study abroad for a semester or those that participate in a professional experience abroad will get this category waived. Students that study abroad for a summer term may request a waiver by completing an outcomes paper.

Guidelines to Request a Diversity Waiver
DEADLINE: December 15th, following your summer study abroad experience. Please submit your essay by emailing it to Education.Abroad@millersville.edu.

Complete a six-page double-spaced (Times New Roman 12) paper. It should demonstrate:
- Awareness of your own cultural rules and biases;
- Understanding of the complexity of cultural elements through various lenses such as history, values, politics, communication styles, gender, economy, or beliefs and practices;
- An ability to interpret events and/or actions in a manner that recognizes the worldview of oneself and other cultural groups.

Once reviewed, you will receive notification from the Office of International Programs & Services. Allow a minimum of two weeks for feedback to be provided and/or for a decision to be made.
It may be possible to take a wellness course abroad depending on the program. A course that includes physical activities or include health education may complete this requirement.
While it may be possible to find a writing intensive course abroad, it may be difficult to get this course approved for transfer as an AW course. It is recommended that you complete this requirement on campus at MU.
It is possible to find writing courses abroad or to find G1 and G3 courses abroad with a writing component. This category often depends on the course equivalency provided by academic advisors in the course approval process.

Major / Minor Requirements

While Millersville offers many programs abroad, Search by Subject and Study Abroad by Major ‌‌pathways help narrow down the large number of options by highlighting specific programs within the university’s portfolio that are best suited for particular majors. To view full information by major please click on the quick links below.

Note: Keep in mind that electives for your major or minor are easier to take abroad than specific courses.
 

Search By Subject for Affiliated Programs:

API Program Search by Subject  AIFS Program Search by Subject  ISA Program Search by Subject

MU Partner Programs Major/Course Options:

 

Australia
University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Communication
  • Design
  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Engineering
  • Limited: Biology, Chemistry, English, Music

China
Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics

  • Chinese Language
  • Business (miscellaneous) 
  • Limited: Chinese culture courses

France
The American Business School Paris

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Limited: Humanities, Mathematics

The American Business School Paris Summer

  • French Language
  • Management
  • Limited: Humanities

Germany
IUSP Philipps-Universitatät Marburg
ISU Philipps-Universitatät Marburg Summer

Japan
Kansai Gaidai University

  • Art
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • History
  • Government/ Political Science/ International Studies
  • Business (miscellaneous) 
  • Media/Communication

Kansai Gaidai University Summer

  • Japanese Language & Culture

United Kingdom
London Metropolitan University 
Queen's University Belfast 
Queen's University Belfast Summer

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Government/ Political Science/ International Studies

University of Strathclyde