Q & A

Why does EMU put so much energy into cross-culturals?

The cross-cultural program is a cornerstone of the undergraduate experience at EMU. While cross-culturals take a lot of time and energy to pull together, participating students become part of learning experiences that shape them and their decisions for years to come.

Who can participate?

All students at EMU are eligible to participate. In fact, EMU is one of the only universities that requires all students to do some form of cross-cultural study. This shapes our campus, our classrooms, and our lifestyles.

Is it affordable?

Yes! The cross-cultural semester costs the same as a semester on campus, with the addition of a travel fee. Your grants and scholarships apply the same to this semester as any other. Summer seminars have different financial arrangements, so be sure to meet with financial assistance to get the information you need.

Can I graduate on time?

Planning together with your advisors, students are able to graduate in 4 years in any major. Now if you change your major a few times, or decide that you want to take some extra time, that’s up to you.

What options are there?

Keep an eye out for the future programs listed. Our cross-cultural study programs have gone anywhere from Guatemala to the West Bank to Fiji. A semester at the Washington Community Scholars Center also satisfies the cross-cultural requirement. The alternative programs page lists other programs that serve as cross-culturals.

How do I apply?

When programs catch your attention, you begin by expressing interest to the cross-cultural office, which keeps a list of students to be kept informed about that particular study program. About a year in advance, you’ll be contacted by the group leader(s) with details about an informational meeting. Leaders will distribute applications and explain their selection process, and students will be informed of acceptance into the program by the end of that semester. Apply now.

Do I need to have language experience to go on a cross-cultural?

No. While having a grasp of the host language before leaving will always be helpful, students do not need to have previous experience. All cross-culturals will include language learning to varying degrees.

What if I have a disability or need special accommodations?

If you have a situation that needs special consideration, please bring this to the attention of the faculty leader or director of cross-cultural programs.

I already went on a cross-cultural. How can I find other opportunities for travel or service?

Many students return to the U.S. with a desire to learn more about other cultural groups, work in service or missions organizations, or further their language study. Start exploring your next learning adventure through alternative programs.

Where do I go with questions?

The director of cross-cultural programs can answer questions as you begin to think about cross-culturals (see contact page). Your advisor is also an important resource. Once you are accepted into a cross-cultural program, your faculty leader(s) will be able to answer more of your specific questions.