Sophomore International Experience
At a time when the world is more interconnected than ever, your education must prepare you with intercultural knowledge and competency. To meet this need, Bryant offers the three-credit Sophomore International Experience (SIE) course.
To date, more than 1,300 Bryant sophomores have taken part in this enriching course, which begins weeks before your departure with an introduction to cultural norms, historical reading and analysis, language study, and art appreciation. The 10- to 12-day travel component, during which you’ll learn firsthand about other cultures and how businesses operate globally, occurs during winter and summer sessions. Programs take place in a variety of locations; see some of the upcoming destinations at right.
Your international experience will include faculty and staff who guide you on a journey of discovery. Once abroad, you’ll be immersed in the business and culture of the country you’ve selected. Itineraries have included visits to Lenovo/IBM headquarters in Beijing, the floor of Parliament in London, BMW's manufacturing plant in Germany, and the Galapagos Islands.
For many students, SIE is their first opportunity to travel abroad and understand a different culture. Having this experience early in their academic career often inspires future international interest and prompts further study abroad and/or an international internship.
The price of the 2014 programs is $3,500 per student. This includes airfare, transportation in country, scheduled activities, lodging, breakfast each day (some additional meals may be part of the program), and the tuition for the academic credits. Participants are responsible for personal spending money and for meals not listed on the itinerary.
A limited amount of financial aid is available through Sovereign/Santander Sophomore International Experience grants. To be eligible, grant applicants must demonstrate eligibility for need-based federal financial assistance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.