All undergraduate degree-seeking students at IU Bloomington are required to fulfill the World Languages and Cultures (WL&C) requirement as part of the General Education Curriculum.
To use international experience to satisfy the WL&C requirement, students must:
Complete an approved overseas experience of at least 6 credit hours and at least 6 weeks abroad in duration
Complete a combination of two overseas experiences totaling 6+ weeks and 6+ credit hours abroad. Students can only combine two overseas experiences if both of the following conditions are met:
- Both overseas experiences must, at a minimum, be three weeks abroad in duration
- Students must earn at least 3 credit hours from both of the overseas experiences
*The two overseas experiences do not have to be completed during the same summer.
O’Neill International offers a variety of courses that fulfill full or partial WL&C credit.
Our semester exchanges and our 6-week / 6-credit summer programs will automatically fulfill the requirement. However, we are also thrilled to be offering a new option for students to "mix-and-match" two 3-week / 3-credit programs that allow students to earn the credit by combining two unique opportunities.
Important Notes Regarding WL&C:
- A 3-credit overseas course CANNOT be combined with a culture or language course on the Bloomington campus. All six credit hours must be earned overseas!
- Partial WL&C credit does not show up on a student's advising report. Students that have participated in ONE 3-week / 3-credit course are tracked manually by IU Overseas. Credit will be given once the student has completed a 2nd 3-week / 3-credit overseas course.
- WL&C credit is not added to the advising report immediately after completion of the program. The report is typically run once each semester. If you have a student who is graduating the same semester they complete their overseas program, please let us know so we can get the credit added on time.
If you have any questions regarding WL&C credit - please contact our office to be connected with a staff member who can answer your questions.
3-week / 3-credit options
6-week / 6-credit options
All O’Neill International programs carry O’Neill course credit.
On the Bloomington campus, our courses have been pre-approved for inclusion in O’Neill undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates (view approval grid). However, students from across IU campuses, from a variety of degree programs, have also had success in getting O'Neill International courses to count for major, minor, or certificate requirements. This process typically involves getting approval from a faculty member in the student's department. If you need access to a syllabus for a specific course, please reach out to our office for assistance.
For our short-term programs (winter break, spring break, and summer) the course number is dependent on the program topic and student status. Many of our courses offer multiple course numbers, thus students (with the help of their academic advisors) must choose which option best fits their unique degree needs.
We generally offer students the following advice:
SPEA V482 - Overseas Topics in Public Affairs: Most undergraduate students going on O’Neill International programs will register for V482 credit. Students in an arts program (arts administration, music, dance, etc.) or a science program (environmental studies, biology, chemistry, etc.) should see additional course options below.
SPEA V582 - Overseas Topics in Public Affairs: Most graduate students going on O’Neill International programs will register for V582 credit. Students in an arts program (arts administration, music, dance, etc.) or a science program (environmental studies, biology, chemistry, etc.) should see additional course options below.
SPEA A482 - Overseas Topics in Arts Management: Best for undergraduate students in arts management, music, dance, or another arts field of study who are going on one of our arts management programs
AADM Y500 - Topics in Arts Administration: Best for graduate students in arts management, music, dance, or another arts field of study who are going on one of our arts management programs
SPEA E482 - Overseas Topics in Environmental Science: Best for undergraduate students in environmental management, environmental science, biology, chemistry, or another science related field who are going on one of our environmental programs
SPEA E582 - Overseas Topics in Environmental Science: Best for graduate students in environmental management, environmental science, biology, chemistry, or another science related field who are going on one of our environmental programs
Many students who still have remaining elective credits find that an O'Neill International course is a great way to add a diverse experience to their resume. Our courses cover a wide range of topics that match a variety of student interests.
Students who are not in need of a particular type of course, are welcome to apply to any of our short-term O’Neill International programs!
Some IU departments will approve a study abroad program without a credit hour need, as long as the student is clearly meeting another educational objective (career development as an example).